Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy
  • Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy
  • Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy

Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy

by Jon D. Mikalson
     
 


Jon D. Mikalson examines how Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers described, interpreted, criticized, and utilized the components and concepts of the religion of the people of their time - practices such as sacrifice, prayer, dedications, and divination. The chief concepts involved are those of piety and impiety, and after a thorough analysis… See more details below

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Jon D. Mikalson examines how Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers described, interpreted, criticized, and utilized the components and concepts of the religion of the people of their time - practices such as sacrifice, prayer, dedications, and divination. The chief concepts involved are those of piety and impiety, and after a thorough analysis of the philosophical texts Mikalson offers a refined definition of Greek piety, dividing it into its two constituent elements of 'proper respect' for the gods and 'religious correctness'. He concludes with a demonstration of the benevolence of the gods in the philosophical tradition, linking it to the expectation of that benevolence evinced by popular religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199577835
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/22/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. 'Service to the gods'
2. Prayer, sacrifice, festivals, dedications, and priests in 'service to the gods'
3. Divination and its range of influence
4. 'Proper respect for the gods' and 'religious correctness'
5. Philosophers and the benevolence of the Greek gods
6. Polling the Greeks and their philosophers

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