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From Epicurus to EpictetusStudies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy$
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A. A. Long

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279128.001.0001

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Lucretius on nature and the Epicurean self

Lucretius on nature and the Epicurean self

(p.202) 10 Lucretius on nature and the Epicurean self
From Epicurus to Epictetus

A. A. Long (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter treats some of the ways in which Lucretius integrates the subjective and objective aspects of the Epicurean self. The term ‘integrates’ is used because there has been a tendency to regard Lucretius' objective voice as a register seriously at odds with his violent metaphors and alleged endorsement of a highly subjective view of nature. The issue of interest is not Lucretius' literary integrity or brilliance, but his effectiveness as an Epicurean expositor and missionary. It is shown that in seeking to come to terms with nature, Epicurus and Lucretius have a conception of the normative self that is thoroughly in line with the mainstream tradition of Greek philosophy.

Keywords:   Greek philosophy, nature, normative self

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