Cicero and Wang Chong and their Critique of Divination

Auteur: Cabural, Mark Kevin S
Titre: Cicero and Wang Chong and their Critique of Divination
Revue/Collection: Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy, 24, 1
Annèe edition: 2023
Pages: 1-18
Mots-clès: Philosophie - Filosofia - Philosophy, Religion - Religione - Religion
Description: This article aims to present Cicero and Wang Chong as theorists of divination. While it has already been determined that they advanced both defenses and criticisms, I specifically intend to focus on their significant criticisms of divination, which emerged as corrective for the practice by supporting or disapproving and extending or limiting its underlying principles. I also emphasize that these thinkers have different objectives and emphases in their criticisms. Cicero's objective is to maintain the fundamental teachings of their forefathers, prompting him to criticize anything that contradicts their teachings. Wang Chong's objective is to make an appeal and encourage their people to be critical, and he often showed this through his criticism of the old, their classic texts, or even their tradition. In bringing them together, I show a robust and united rebuttal to the old ways of thinking about the divine and its ritualization. In conclusion, I offer an analysis that their critical attitudes, although different and may even be opposed, are complementary and both necessary [Author].
Sigle auteur: Cabural 2023