Prometheus and Zeus: Are They Indifferent?

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Are the Gods Indifferent?

It’s an old question, at least as old as Prometheus. Are the gods indifferent or is there something in the scheme of things that cares? The ancient tale of Prometheus neatly parses its reply – yes and no. Zeus is indifferent to humanity; we are small change. But not Prometheus. His concern for our plight leads him to give us fire, which as Aeschylus explains is more than the warming flames of the hearth. Read more in Louis Rosenblatt’s blog Are The Gods Indifferent? posted in Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World.

Lou Rosenblatt co-founded TIES with Jan Morrison in 2002. He holds a PhD in the History of Science from Johns Hopkins University, and is now retired after 30 years of teaching and 15 years as a science consultant with TIES.


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