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Inventing Superstition

From the Hippocratics to the Christians

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ISBN 9780674024076

Publication Date: 03/01/2007


320 pages


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  • Preface
  • 1. Superstitious Christians
  • 2. Problems of Definition
  • 3. Inventing Deisidaimonia: Theophrastus, Religious Etiquette, and Theological Optimism
  • 4. Dealing with Disease: The Hippocratics and the Divine
  • 5. Solidifying a New Sensibility: Plato and Aristotle on the Optimal Universe
  • 6. Diodorus Siculus and the Failure of Philosophy
  • 7. Cracks in the Philosophical System: Plurarch and the Philosophy of Demons
  • 8. Galen on the Necessity of Nature and the Theology of Teleology
  • 9. Roman Superstitio and Roman Power
  • 10. Celsus and the Attack on Christianity
  • 11. Origen and the Defense of Christianity
  • 12. The Philosophers Turn: Philosophical Daimons in Late Antiquity
  • 13. Turning the Tables: Eusebius, the “Triumph” of Christianity, and the Superstition of the Greeks
  • Conclusion: The Rise and Fall of a Grand Optimal Illusion
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

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