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Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity

Catherine Wilson


This book examines the role played by the rediscovery of the writings of the ancient atomists — the Greek philosopher Epicurus and his Latin successor, Titus Carus Lucretius — in the articulation of the major philosophical systems of the 17th century and the evolution of natural science, and moral and political philosophy. The book shows how the distinctive Epicurean image of the natural world as a product of time and chance — unsupervised by any god or gods — and of the social world as a sphere of human invention and moral equality, took hold in philosophy, and how Epicureanism is an acknowle ... More

Keywords: atheism, atomism, Descartes, Epicurus, Locke, Lucretius, mechanical philosophy, pleasure, social contract, Stoicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199238811
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Wilson, author
City University of New York
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