Epicurean political philosophy the De rerum natura of Lucretius by James H. Nichols

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Published by Cornell University Press in Ithaca, N.Y .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Lucretius Carus, Titus,
  • Epicurus -- Influence,
  • Didactic poetry, Latin -- History and criticism,
  • Philosophy, Ancient, in literature,
  • Political science -- History

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Book details

StatementJames H. Nichols, Jr.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsB577.L63 D436
The Physical Object
Pagination214 p. ;
Number of Pages214
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5209495M
ISBN 100801409934
LC Control Number75036993

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Epicureanism is commonly associated with a carefree view of life and the pursuit of pleasures, particularly the pleasures of the table.

However it was a complex and distinctive system of philosophy that emphasized simplicity and moderation, and considered nature to consist of atoms and the by: 1. Publisher description: Epicureanism is commonly regarded as the refined satisfaction of physical desires.

As a philosophy, however, it also denoted the striving after an independent state of mind and body, imperturbability, and reliance on sensory data as the true basis of knowledge.

Epicurus. Epicurean political philosophy the De rerum natura of Lucretius by James H. Nichols Published by Cornell University Press in Ithaca, by: Epicureanism is commonly regarded as the refined satisfaction of physical desires. As a philosophy, however, it also denoted the striving after an independent state of mind and body, imperturbability, and reliance on sensory data as the true basis of knowledge/5.

The remainder of the book—covering ethics and political Epicurean political philosophy book less convincing to me, in terms of the superiority of Epicureanism to Stoicism. While Epicureanism is often misinterpreted as promoting unconstrained hedonism (it instead encourages moderate, natural pleasure), it does place the pursuit of pleasure—and the avoidance of pain—as life’s highest ideal/5(12).

Epicureanism is commonly associated with a carefree view of life and the pursuit of pleasures, particularly the pleasures of the table. Epicurean political philosophy book it was a complex and distinctive system of philosophy that emphasized simplicity and moderation, and considered nature to consist of atoms and the void.

What’s interesting for us in particular about the Epicurean book is that Diogenes quotes three letters in their entirety that Epicurus wrote to various students, each of which summarises a particular area of Epicurean philosophy. Epicurus. The Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus was born in BC, on the island of Samos, a few miles off the coast of modern Turkey.

He had an unusually long beard, wrote over three hundred books and was one of the most famous philosophers of his age. Epicurus ( B.C.) was born in Samos and died in Athens. He studied at Plato's Academy when it was run by Xenocrates. Later, when he joined his family on Colophon, Epicurus studied under Nausiphanes, who introduced him to the philosophy of /7 Epicurus bought a.

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Open Library. Books by Language Additional Collections. Featured movies All video latest This Just In Prelinger Archives Democracy Now!Pages:   Wilson contrasts Epicurean philosophy with its traditional rival, Stoicism, and finds areas of accord as well as divergence.

But she contends that ethical and political values are grounded in particular ways of seeing the world, and Epicureanism seems at once to be the most appealing and (ultimately) responsible of precepts.

Makes an important contribution to the understanding of the broader influence of Epicureanism in modern philosophy Through a radical new Epicurean political philosophy book of the Theological Political Treatise, Dimitris Vardoulakis argues that the major source of Spinoza’s materialism is the Epicurean tradition that re-emerges in modernity when manuscripts by Epicurus and Lucretius are rediscovered.

📷Many current books on Epicurus, such as those by Catherine Wilson, drip with political arguments. In Wilson's case we have suggestion after suggestion that we should look to Epicurus for guidance because he was (in Wilson's view) the original promoter of the sort of virtue ethics and political correctness that many people follow today.

Epicureanism, in a strict sense, the philosophy taught by Epicurus (– bce). In a broad sense, it is a system of ethics embracing every conception or form of life that can be traced to the principles of his philosophy.

In ancient polemics, as often since, the term was employed with an even more generic. Epicurus (– BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and sage who founded a highly influential school of philosophy now called Epicureanism. He was born on Era: Hellenistic philosophy.

She remains unfazed, sprinkling policy proposals on these issues throughout. By the book’s conclusion, this ancient philosophy’s values seem to coincide perfectly with those of today’s Democratic Party.

Epicurus established his Garden to avoid politics. “Do not get involved in political life,” he warned his followers. The Dialogues (Gorgias, Meno, Theatetus, Sophist, Symposium, Phaedrus, Timaeus, The Republic) – Plato. “Plato, the greatest philosopher of ancient Greece, was born in Athens in or B.C.E.

to an aristocratic family. He studied under Socrates, who appears as a character in many of his dialogues. He attended Socrates’ trial and that.

The Epicurean's foundation of belief rests within three categories of desires, including the natural and necessary, the natural but not necessary, and the unnatural desires.

Those who follow an Epicurean worldview eliminate all non-natural desires, such as ambition to attain political power or fame because both of these desires foster anxiety.

Epicurus Philosophy: Happiness, Death and Desire. The philosopher Epicurus ( BC.) has lived in Greece at trouble times, when the Hellenic cities have declined.

He will leave an immense work, but we only retrived the following letters: – A Letter to Herodotus. Epicureanism is a philosophy which stresses the importance of ‘training one’s desires’. Man is miserable, thought Epicurus (the founder of Epicureanism) because he desires things that he need not desire.

Epicurus of Samos ( BC), who flourished not long after Aristotle died, founded a school of philosophy that convened at his home and garden in Athens. Called 'the Garden', this school.

Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc History: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Nichols, James H., Epicurean political philosophy. Epicurus was born in February B.C. on the island of Samos in the Aegean Sea (off the Ionian coast of Turkey). His parents, Neocles and Chaerestrate were both citizens of Athens, but had emigrated to the Athenian settlement of Samos some ten years earlier.

As a boy, he studied philosophy under the Platonist teacher Pamphilus for about four years. At the age of 18, he went to Athens for his. Stoic and Epicurean—two words that do not mean what people think they mean. The image of the Stoic is the unfeeling, emotionless brute and the Epicurean as the pleasure-loving, self-indulgent hedonist.

Stereotypes always fall short, but in this case, the common understanding of what it means to be a follower of the Stoics or Epicureanism Epicureanism and Stoicism: Lessons, Similarities. By pointing us to the Epicurean flavor of many of the ideas that pervaded seventeenth- and eighteenth-century metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and natural and political philosophy - Catherine Wilson's work offers a great opportunity to improve our understanding of what was involved in the transformation of Scholastic doctrines into modern philosophy/5(4).

He thinks that we need to add Epicurus to the three main traditional influences on Marx (classical German philosophy, French socialism and English political economy). According to Fusaro, under the influence of Epicurus, Marx formulates ‘a [so-called] materialism of freedom’ that derives from ‘the importance of praxis and is represented.

Epicurus’ philosophy grew out of his life experiences, contacts, polem­ics, journeys and other activities. Apart from such great works as the monumental On nature in 37 books, Epicurus authored also various extracts, principle doctrines, sayings and letters.

The letters, while addressed to many students and friends, were for him a very. This landmark study examines the role played by the rediscovery of the writings of the ancient atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, in the articulation of the major philosophical systems of the seventeenth century, and, more broadly, their influence on the evolution of natural science and moral and political philosophy.

The target of sustained and trenchant philosophical criticism by Cicero, and. Epicurean Primitivism: An Analysis of Lucretius On the Nature of Things Book 5 Larry J Waggle Illinois State University In the Greek tradition of political thought, one alleged political theory stands apart from the rest, namely the one expounded by Epicurus and his followers.

It is generally held that Epicurus and. Epicurus B.C– B.C. Greek philosopher. Epicurus contributed significantly to Greek, Roman, and ultimately European philosophy, science, ethics, and political. The restoration of Epicurean atomism and hedonism was an important feature of philosophy in the seventeenth century.

Epicurean atomism was one of several traditions that influenced the development of the mechanical philosophy, and its hedonism contributed to the development of political philosophies incorporating theories of social contract.

This book investigates the influence of Epicurean physics on the argument developed in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy. Towards this end, the full philosophical history and origins of atomist philosophy are investigated during the first three chapters.

Search for books, ebooks, and physical media Search Search for books, articles, library site, almost anything Find Advanced Search Tips Combined Search Books & Media Articles & more. Epicureanism has reference to a philosophical movement of some popularity in ancient Greece and Rome. It based itself on the teachings of the Athenian philosopher Epicurus (– B.C.) and propounded an atomistic cosmology, a hedonistic ethics, and a contractarian social theory.

followers of Epicurus (who died at Athens B.C. ), or adherents of the Epicurean philosophy (Acts ). This philosophy was a system of atheism, and taught men to seek as their highest aim a pleasant and smooth life.

They have been called the "Sadducees" of Greek paganism. They, with the Stoics, ridiculed the teaching of Paul (Acts ). Accordingly, Epicurus set up his own school, “The Garden,” where he offered philosophy to anyone, even women and slaves – an unheard of practice at the time, which many contemporary critics saw as proof of his penchant for depraved behavior.

Epicurus, (born bc, Samos, Greece—diedAthens), Greek philosopher, author of an ethical philosophy of simple pleasure, friendship, and retirement. He founded schools of philosophy that survived directly from the 4th century bc until the 4th century ad.

Read More on This Topic. Epicureanism: Doctrine of Epicurus. Epicureanism, as the philosophy became known, advocated forgoing many short-term pleasures and instead focusing on the overall pleasure and pain distribution over a lifetime.

More pleasurable than a life devoted to short-term pleasure was one in which one moderated one’s desires. My approach to philosophy is to cherry-pick the ideas that seem to be grounded in universal truth, and Epicureanism is loaded to the brim with those.

But the idea that friendship is necessary to live a good and happy life doesn't seem to be congruent with my lived experience.Nichols, James H., Jr. Epicurean Political Philosophy.

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