Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism: Oracles of the Gods by Crystal Addey

By Crystal Addey

Why did historical philosophers seek advice oracles, write approximately them, and look at them to be a tremendous a part of philosophical inspiration and perform? This ebook explores the huge hyperlinks among oracles and philosophy in overdue Antiquity, rather targeting the jobs of oracles and different kinds of divination in 3rd and fourth century CE Neoplatonism. interpreting one of the most major debates among pagan philosophers and Christian intellectuals at the nature of oracles as a relevant but contested component to non secular culture, Addey focuses fairly on Porphyry's Philosophy from Oracles and Iamblichus' De Mysteriis - works which deal commonly with oracles and other kinds of divination.

This ebook argues for the importance of divination inside of Neoplatonism and gives a considerable reassessment of oracles and philosophical works and their courting to each other. With a extensive interdisciplinary process, encompassing Classics, historic Philosophy, Theology, spiritual reports and historical background, Addey attracts on fresh anthropological and spiritual reports examine which has challenged and re-evaluated the connection among rationality and ritual.

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