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God and Cosmos in Stoicism
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God and Cosmos in Stoicism

Ricardo Salles

Abstract

This is a collective study, in nine chapters, of the close connection between theology and cosmology in Stoic philosophy. The Stoic god is best described as the single active physical principle that governs the whole cosmos. The first part of the book covers three essential topics in Stoic theology: the active and demiurgical character of god, his corporeal nature and irreducibility to matter, and fate as the network of causes through which god acts upon the cosmos. The second part turns to Stoic cosmology, and how it relates to other cosmologies of the time. The third part examines the ethica ... More

Keywords: theology, Stoic philosophy, cosmology, demiurgical, cosmos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199556144
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556144.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ricardo Salles, editor
Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México (UNAM)

Contents

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PART I GOD, PROVIDENCE, AND FATE

1 How Industrious can Zeus be?

Thomas Bénatouïl

2 The Stoics on Matter and Prime Matter

Jean‐Baptiste Gourinat

3 Chain of Causes

Susan Sauvé Meyer

PART II ELEMENTS, COSMOGONY, AND CONFLAGRATION

PART III THE ETHICS AND RELIGION OF STOIC COSMO‐THEOLOGY

7 Does Cosmic Nature Matter?

Marcelo D. Boeri

8 Why Physics?

Brad Inwood