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The Ethics of Philodemus

Voula Tsouna


This book presents a study of the ethics of the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, who taught Virgil, influenced Horace, and was praised by Cicero. His works have only recently become available to modern readers, through the decipherment of a papyrus carbonized by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The book examines Philodemus' theoretical principles in ethics, his contributions to moral psychology, his method, his conception of therapy, and his therapeutic techniques. Part I begins with an outline of the fundamental principles of Philodemus' ethics in connection with the canonical views of the ... More

Keywords: Epicurean school, Philodemus, ethics, moral psychology, therapeutic techniques, hedonism, vices, virtues, philosophy as medicine, corresponding acceptable emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199292172
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Voula Tsouna, author
University of California, Santa Barbara
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