Rethinking the Gods Hardback

Philosophical Readings of Religion in the Post-Hellenistic Period

by Peter Van Nuffelen;

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Rethinking the Gods

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Ancient philosophers had always been fascinated by religion. From the first century BC onwards the traditionally hostile attitude of Greek and Roman philosophy was abandoned in favour of the view that religion was a source of philosophical knowledge. This book studies that change, not from the usual perspective of the history of religion, but as part of the wider tendency of Post-Hellenistic philosophy to open up to external, non-philosophical sources of knowledge and authority. It situates two key themes, ancient wisdom and cosmic hierarchy, in the context of Post-Hellenistic philosophy and traces their reconfigurations in contemporary literature and in the polemic between Jews, Christians and pagans. Overall, Post-Hellenistic philosophy displayed a relatively high degree of unity in its ideas on religion, which should not be reduced to a preparation for Neoplatonism.

Rethinking the Gods by Peter Van Nuffelen was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2011. The ISBN for Rethinking the Gods is 9781107012035.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (December 2011)
Number of Pages282
Thickness17 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4027435
Page last updated 18th September 2018
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