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Aristotle on Religion

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2018.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mor Segev, Aristotle on Religion, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 192pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108415255. Reviewed by Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto In this concise and focused monograph, developed out of a Ph.D. dissertation at Princeton, Mor Segev examines Aristotle's views concerning religion both in the poleis of his own time and in his proposed ideal version. Part of the difficulty faced by the author, and acknowledged as such, is that the word "religion" does not correspond exactly to anything in ancient Greek. What Aristotle talks about is the bureaucratic office of epimeleia for ta hiera, approximately the "management of holy matters". Perhaps a contemporary label for such an office would be "ministry of religious affairs". This would include overseeing certain holidays, the construction and care for temples, the provision of priests, and the interface between theological doctrine, on. . .

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