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Volume 52, Issue 3


Cicero Defining the Stoic Science of Divination

Andree Hahmann
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Published Online: 2018-11-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2017-0078


This paper is devoted to the Stoic definition of divination as reported by Cicero. It proposes a novel reading that coherently combines the distinct versions offered in De divinatione. Especially important is the proper understanding of the close relationship between providence, fate, and chance. I argue that the Stoic understanding of chance already contains a reference to divine will, which is why the Stoics can equally claim that divination is devoted to chance and providence. This sheds new light both on the Stoic science of divination and the systematic involvement of providence, fate, and divination in Stoic philosophy.

Keywords: stoicism; divination; providence; causation


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Published Online: 2018-11-08

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Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 52, Issue 3, Pages 317–337, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2017-0078.

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