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9780521695305

The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521695305

  • ISBN10:

    0521695309

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This Companion presents both an introduction to the history of the ancient philosophical school of Epicureanism and also a critical account of the major areas of its philosophical interest. Chapters span the school's history from the early Hellenistic Garden to the Roman Empire and its later reception in the Early Modern period, introducing the reader to the Epicureans' contributions in physics, metaphysics, epistemology, psychology, ethics and politics. The international team of contributors includes scholars who have produced innovative and original research in various areas of Epicurean thought and they have produced essays which are accessible and of interest to philosophers, classicists, and anyone concerned with the diversity and preoccupations of Epicurean philosophy and the current state of academic research in this field. The volume emphasises the interrelation of the different areas of the Epicureans' philosophical interests while also drawing attention to points of interpretative difficulty and controversy.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Athenian garden
Epicureanism in the Roman Republic
Epicureanism in the Roman Empire
Epicurean atomism
Epicurean empiricism
Cosmology and meteorology
Psychology
Action and responsibility
Pleasure and desire
Politics and society
Philosophy of language
Poetry and rhetoric
Removing fear: the gods and death
Epicurean therapy: pedagogy and improvement
Epicureanism in the early modern period
Bibliography
General index
Index of passages from ancient text
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