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Divination and the History of Surplus Knowledge

Peter T. Struck

in Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. It begins by discussing the practice of divination for many millennia and across the whole Old World. It then reviews bodies ... More


Plato on Divination and Nondiscursive Knowing

Peter T. Struck

in Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter attempts to lay out a general sense of how divination functions in Plato's work. It focuses not on how seriously Plato takes divination, but rather on how he takes it. Irrespective of ... More


Iamblichus on Divine Divination and Human Intuition

Peter T. Struck

in Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter examines the thoughts of Neoplatonist Iamblichus on divination. Neoplatonists take the discussions of the master as an invitation to understand a newly reconfigured idea of divination as ... More


Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Peter T. Struck

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This book casts a new perspective on the rich tradition of ancient divination—the reading of divine signs in oracles, omens, and dreams. Popular attitudes during classical antiquity saw these ... More


Posidonius and Other Stoics on Extra-Sensory Knowledge

Peter T. Struck

in Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter suggestes that Stoic conceptions of divinatory knowing promote the idea that the cosmos itself is a single unified animal. This notion is somewhat familiar, given the parallel conception ... More


Aristotle on Foresight through Dreams

Peter T. Struck

in Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter examines Aristotle's thoughts on divination. As with Plato, his most detailed thinking on divination centres on dreams. He positions noncoincidental prescient dreams as examples of ... More


Reconsidering Penelope

Peter T. Struck

in Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. The account in this book has been of philosophical schools trying to make sense of a puzzling phenomenon. As is always the case in ... More


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