Single Idea 2632

[catalogued under 28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 5. Atheism]

Full Idea

Speusippus, following his uncle Plato, held that all things were governed by some kind of animal force, and tried to eradicate from our minds any notion of the gods.

Gist of Idea

Speusippus said things were governed by some animal force rather than the gods


report of Speussipus (thirty titles (lost) [c.367 BCE]) by M. Tullius Cicero - On the Nature of the Gods ('De natura deorum') I.33

Book Reference

Cicero: 'The Nature of the Gods', ed/tr. McGregor,Horace [Penguin 1972], p.83