Presocratic Philosophy and the Origins of Religion



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Graeco-Latina Brunensia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web Digital Library of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords Presocratic philosophy; religion; Xenophanes; Democritus; Prodicus; Critias
Description This paper examines the thoughts of Xenophanes, Democritus, Prodicus and the author of the Sisyphus-fragment (traditionally identified as Critias but also more recently as Euripides) in regard to the origin of religious belief while attempting to sketch some connections and similarities between ancient hypotheses and modern theories developed in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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