In Plato’s Laws is the earliest surviving fully developed cosmological argument. His influence on the philosophy of religion is wide ranging and this book examines both that and the influence of religion on Plato.
Central to Plato’s thought is the theory of forms, which holds that there exists a realm of forms, perfect ideals of which things in this world are but imperfect copies. In this book, originally published in 1959, Feibleman finds two diverse strands in Plato’s philosophy: an idealism centered upon the Forms denying full ontological status to the realm of becoming, and a moderate realism granting actuality equal reality with Forms. For each strand Plato developed a conception of religion: a supernatural one derived from Orphism, and a naturalistic religion revering the traditional Olympian deities.
Introduction: Parrhesia Part 1: Plato's Religious Philosophy 1. Plato's Method 2. Plato's Two Philosophies 3. The Greek Religious Inheritance 4. The Influence of Orphism 5. Plato's Two Religions Part 2: The Religious Influence of Plato 6. Aristotle's Religion 7. Philo's Philosophy of Religion 8. Plotinus' Philosophy of Religion 9. Rivals and Substitutes for Platonism 10. Early Neoplatonism 11. Later Neoplatonism: The Middle Ages 12. Later Neoplatonism: The Renaissance 13. Contemporary Religious Platonism
Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1901 and 1991, Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion offers a selection of outstanding scholarship covering many aspects of philosophical enquiry into belief and faith. Topics include the history of atheism, natural religion, Christian ethics and the human soul. Some books look specifically at philosophers such as Hobbes, Plato, Kant, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard and Pascal. From classic works by Edward Westermarck, John Laird and G.D. Hicks to more recent investigations, this set contains important works by the likes of D.Z. Phillips, Frederick Ferré and A.C. Ewing making it an essential collection of these previously out-of-print works in a key subject.