Plutarch’s Essay on Superstition as a Socio-Religious Perspective on Street Begging


Abstract
Plutarch, in his work,_ Peri __Deisidaimon_ia_ __,_ presents a striking portrayal of superstition in the First Century. The Philosopher who also served for decades as a priest of Apollo portrays the pernicious effects of some supposed religious practices as worse than the outcome of atheism. His position constitutes a forceful explanation to ostensibly controversial socio-religious behaviours. This article discusses some of the priest’s concerns as well as his rebuff of religious attitudes that are borne out of what he describes as misrepresentation of the gods or superstition. Plutarch’s essay is seen as illustrating a reason for a socio-religious situation in Africa, a continent that shares a similar religious background with the world of the writer. Specifically, with the example of the hard fight against street begging in some parts of Nigeria, the article shows how social reform programmes could fail when effects of traditional African beliefs and cultural practices remain potent. __
Keywords Perspective  Plutarch  Socio-religious  Street Begging
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 43,049
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

‘Superstition’ as a Contemplative Term: A Wittgensteinian Perspective.Hermen Kroesbergen - 2015 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 77 (2):105-122.
Plutarch on Superstition.Howard Armin Moellering - 1963 - Boston: Christopher Pub. House.
Beggars of God: The Christian Ideal of Mendicancy.Stephen R. Munzer - 1999 - Journal of Religious Ethics 27 (2):305 - 330.
Can Religious Arguments "Persuade"?Jennifer Faust - 2008 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 63 (1-3):71-86.
Spinoza on Ceremonial Observances and the Moral Function of Religion. Lemmens - 2010 - Bijdragen. International Journal in Philosophy and Theology (1):51-64.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2016-07-20

Total views
5 ( #1,008,558 of 2,260,175 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #905,492 of 2,260,175 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature