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Criticism of Religion
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From Mythos to Logos?

1. In comparison with the various religions, philosophy and the sciences, both physical and natural, are of late appearance. As demonstrated by the emergence of Greek philosophy in the sixth century BCE, they emerged from a criticism of the religious apprehensions and praxis of their time. Philosophy, which always understands itself as, among other things, criticism of religion, see…

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Grätzel, Stephan, “Criticism of Religion”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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