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Divination in the Ancient World, from Plato to the Neo-Platonists by Way of Aristotle and the Stoics. A Review of Peter T. Struck’s Divination and Human Nature

Issue: Vol 3 No. 1-2 (2016) Special Issue: Digital Humanities, Cognitive Historiography, and the Study of Religion

Journal: Journal of Cognitive Historiography

Subject Areas: Ancient History Cognitive Studies Archaeology

DOI: 10.1558/jch.34134


Divination is nowadays considered a pseudoscience or a parlor trick. Consequently, we are inclined to dismiss the ancient Greco-Romans’ interest in it as misguided and an intellectual dead end. But a new book by Peter Struck traces an intellectual history of divination from Plato to Aristotle and from the Stoics to the Neoplatonists, re-interpreting the concept as an early attempt to make sense of what we today call intuition.

Author: Massimo Pigliucci

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