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La philosophisation du religieux

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This chapter first presents some preliminary considerations on the relationship between ancient philosophy and religion, and on how peoplw can approach their interpenetration. It presents a historical overview of the changes undergone by Greek philosophy during the "long Hellenistic" and its reception in Rome. Thereafter, the chapter delivers a review of the most striking features of the new philosophical-religious sensitivity, organized around ten themes. The chapter also shows a snapshot of the work of three scholars whose original contribution is based on a largely philosophical approach of the religious traditions of their time: Philo of Alexandria, who thought his native Judaism according to philosophical principles and exegetical methods of Hellenism, Plutarch of Chaeronea, who used Greek philosophy and the new hermetic mysticism to develop his theology of the Isis cult and Numenius of Apamea. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: ancient philosophy; Greek philosophy; long Hellenistic period; Numenius of Apamea; philosophical-religious sensitivity; Philo of Alexandria; Plutarch of Chaeronea; religion



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