Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Aristotle thinks the content of traditional religion is false. However, he also holds that traditional religion is necessary if any city is to exist and flourish. Traditional religion is necessary, I argue, because it prepares the ground for what Aristotle considers the pinnacle of human endeavor: attaining knowledge of first philosophy. Religion performs this function by exposing citizens to anthropomorphic depictions of divinity. These, in turn, generate in the citizens with the right potential the sense of "wonder" at divinity that guides them from such mythological conceptions to an inquiry into the nature of the true god(s) of Aristotle's Metaphysics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9234
Print ISSN
0009-8418
Pages
pp. 295-320
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-15
Open Access
No
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