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    The Nature of the Gods and on Divination (Great Books in Philosophy) (Paperback) By (author) Marcus Tullius Cicero, Translated by C.D. Yonge

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    DescriptionIn The Nature of the Gods the eminent Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.E.) analyzes the positions of the Stoic, Epicurean, and Academic schools on the existence and nature of the gods, and whether they act in the interests of humankind. Cotta, the Academic spokesman, criticizes his Epicurean and Stoic interlocutors for their failures, respectively, to account for human freedom and for the accidents and evils that occur in life. Lacking sure knowledge of what gods are, human beings are left to their own intelligence and natural abilities to make their way in an uncertain world. On Divination is closely related in subject-matter. In this dialogue between Cicero and his brother, Quintus, the latter upholds the truth of various sorts of divination on Stoic principles. Cicero counters that there is no such "science" of divination, and that the ambiguities and absurdities inherent in oracles, prodigies, and dreams preclude any divine agency. They are, rather, the result of natural phenomena or coincidence.


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    Title
    The Nature of the Gods and on Divination
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marcus Tullius Cicero, Translated by C.D. Yonge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 263
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 336 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781573921800
    ISBN 10: 1573921807
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    Edition statement
    New ed of 1853 ed
    Publisher
    Prometheus Books
    Imprint name
    Prometheus Books
    Publication date
    01 December 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Amherst
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    In The Nature of the Gods the eminent Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.E.) analyzes the positions of the Stoic, Epicurean, and Academic schools on the existence and nature of the gods, and whether they act in the interests of humankind. Cotta, the Academic spokesman, criticizes his Epicurean and Stoic interlocutors for their failures, respectively, to account for human freedom and for the accidents and evils that occur in life. Lacking sure knowledge of what gods are, human beings are left to their own intelligence and natural abilities to make their way in an uncertain world. On Divination is closely related in subject-matter. In this dialogue between Cicero and his brother, Quintus, the latter upholds the truth of various sorts of divination on Stoic principles. Cicero counters that there is no such "science" of divination, and that the ambiguities and absurdities inherent in oracles, prodigies, and dreams preclude any divine agency. They are, rather, the result of natural phenomena or coincidence.