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Plutarch’s Epicurean justification of religious belief

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In his dialogue, Non posse suaviter vivi secundum Epicurum, Plutarch of Chaeronea criticizes Epicurus for not believing that the gods are provident over human affairs and for not believing that our souls survive death. However, Plutarch’s arguments are striking in that they do not offer any theoretical justification for believing either of these religious claims to be true; rather, they aim to establish that we are practically justified in adopting them if we follow Epicurus’s rule that the g...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1353/hph.2018.0044

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Exeter College
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of the History of Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
56
Issue:
3
Pages:
385-412
Publication date:
2018-07-10
Acceptance date:
2018-05-07
DOI:
EISSN:
1538-4586
ISSN:
0022-5053
Pubs id:
pubs:847085
URN:
uri:77e5acbe-7e8c-4276-9f8b-aedaa50a713e
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uuid:77e5acbe-7e8c-4276-9f8b-aedaa50a713e
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pubs:847085

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