Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy

Hardcover | July 30, 2010

byJon D. Mikalson

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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 conceptsinvolved 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 thebenevolence of the gods in the philosophical tradition, linking it to the expectation of that benevolence evinced by popular religion.

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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 conceptsinvolved are those of piety and impiety, an...

Jon D. Mikalson is W. R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:July 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577838

ISBN - 13:9780199577835

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Introduction1. `Service to the gods'2. Prayer, sacrifice, festivals, dedications, and priests in `service to the gods'3. Divination and its range of influence4. `Proper respect for the gods' and `religious correctness'5. Philosophers and the benevolence of the Greek gods6. Polling the Greeks and their philosophers