The Evolution of Theology in the Greek Philosophers gives an account of those ideas of Greek Philosophers which have decisively affected the subsequent development of theological thought. The selection of topics is confined mainly to the writings of Plato and Aristotle, to the main representatives of the Stoic philosophy, and to Philo and Plotinus among the Neo-Platonists.
The Evolution of Theology in the Greek Philosophers, vol. 1
Caird presents an outline of Greek philosophy, discusses its influence on the development of theology, and addresses the question of the genesis of Platonic philosophy in its logical, ethical, metaphysical, and theological aspects. He also presents an account of the theoretical and practical philosophy of Aristotle and of the Stoics. After initial discussion on the development of religion and its relation to theology, Caird focuses on the central idea of religion, and on the opposition of the secular and the religious consciousness.
The Evolution of Theology in the Greek Philosophers, vol. 2
Volume 2 begins with discussion of Aristotle's most significant conclusions, and Caird then turns to an exposition of the general character of post-Aristotelian philosophy, this exposition providing him with a context within which he can investigate the origin and the principles of Stoic philosophy, the Stoic synthesis of pantheism and individualism, the Stoic conception of the chief good, and the Stoic view of practical ethics. These reflections are completed by a lecture describing the transition from stoicism to neo-Platonism.
- Benedikt Bock, University of Glasgow