The origins of the Western philosophical tradition lie in the ancient Greco-Roman world. This volume provides a unique insight into the life and writings of a diverse group of philosophers in antiquity and presents the latest thinking on their views on God, the gods, religious belief and practice. Beginning with the 'pre-Socratics', the volume then explores the influential contributions made to the Western philosophy of religion by the three towering figures of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The chapters that follow cover the the leading philosophers of the major schools of the ancient world - Epicureanism, Stoicism, Neoplatonism and the early Christian Church. "Ancient Philosophy of Religion" will be of interest to scholars and students of Philosophy, Classics and Religion, while remaining accessible to any interested in the rich cultural heritage of ancient religious thought.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, George Boys-Stones; 2. Pythagoras, Constantinos Macris; 3. Xenophanes, James H. Lesher; 4. Socrates and Plato, Mark McPherran; 5. Aristotle, Sarah Broadie; 6. Epicurus, John Penwill; 7. The Stoics, Tad Brennan; 8. Cicero, Margaret Graver; 9. Philo of Alexandria, David T. Runia; 10. The Apostle Paul, Stanley K. Stowers; 11. Plutarch of Chaeroneia, John Dillon; 12. Sextus Empiricus, Richard Bett; 13. Early Christian Philosophers, Eric Osborn; 14. Origen, Jeffrey Hause; 15. Plotinus, Lloyd P. Gerson; 16. Porphyry and Iamblichus, Mark J. Edwards; 17. The Cappadocians, Anthony Meredith; 18. Augustine, Gareth B. Matthews; 19. Proclus, Dirk Baltzly; 20. Pseudo-Dionysius, Kevin Corrigan & Michael Harrington
Graham Oppy is a Professor of Philosophy and Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SOPHIS) at Monash University, Australia. Nick Trakakis is a Research Fellow in Philosophy, and Assistant Director of the Centre for the Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion, at the Australian Catholic University.