Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Adventure$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Giorgio Agamben

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037594

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037594.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 27 February 2021

Demon

Demon

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Demon
Source:
The Adventure
Author(s):

Giorgio Agamben

, Lorenzo Chiesa
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037594.003.0001

This chapter reflects on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's treatment of four deities introduced in Macrobius's Saturnalia: Daimon, Tyche, Eros, and Ananke (Demon, Chance, Love, and Necessity). According to Macrobius, the four gods attend a human being as it is born: Demon, Chance, Love, and Necessity. To him, Daimon must be honored because we owe him our character and nature; Eros because fecundity and knowledge depend on him; Tyche and Ananke because the art of living also involves a reasonable degree of bowing to what we cannot avoid. The way in which each person relates to these powers defines their ethics. In addition to these, the chapter describes a fifth character—Elpis, or Hope.

Keywords:   Macrobius, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Daimon, Saturnalia, Tyche, Eros, Ananke, Elpis

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.