The Resource Epicureanism at the origins of modernity, Catherine Wilson

Epicureanism at the origins of modernity, Catherine Wilson

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Epicureanism at the origins of modernity
Title
Epicureanism at the origins of modernity
Statement of responsibility
Catherine Wilson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 of opprobrium by the Christian Fathers of the early Church, for its unflinching commitment to the absence of divine supervision and the finitude of life, the Epicurean philosophy surfaced again in the period of the Scientific Revolution, when it displaced scholastic Aristotelianism. Both modern social contract theory and utilitarianism in ethics were grounded in its tenets. Catherine Wilson shows how the distinctive Epicurean image of the natural and social worlds took hold in philosophy, and how it is an acknowledged, and often unacknowledged presence in the writings of Descartes, Gassendi, Hobbes, Boyle, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley. With chapters devoted to Epicurean physics and cosmology, the corpuscularian or "mechanical" philosophy, the question of the mortality of the soul, the grounds of political authority, the contested nature of the experimental philosophy, sensuality, curiosity, and the role of pleasure and utility in ethics, the author makes a persuasive case for the significance of materialism in seventeenth-century philosophy without underestimating the depth and significance of the opposition to it, and for its continued importance in the contemporary world. Lucretius's great poem, On the Nature of Things, supplies the frame of reference for this deeply-researched inquiry into the origins of modern philosophy" -- from book jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
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Wilson, Catherine
Index
index present
LC call number
B512
LC item number
.W55 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Epicureans (Greek philosophy)
  • Atomism
  • Materialism
  • Mechanism (Philosophy)
  • Philosophy, Modern
  • Epicurisme
  • Epikureismus
  • Atomism
  • Epicureans (Greek philosophy)
  • Materialism
  • Mechanism (Philosophy)
  • Philosophy, Modern
Label
Epicureanism at the origins of modernity, Catherine Wilson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [278]-296) and index
Contents
Atomism and mechanism -- Corpuscular effluvia : between imagination and experiment -- Order and disorder -- Mortality and metaphysics -- Empiricism and mortalism -- Some rival systems -- The social contract -- The problem of materialism in the New essays -- Robert Boyle and the study of nature -- The sweetness of living
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 304 p.
Isbn
9780199238811
Lccn
2008015450
System control number
  • (OCoLC)214305953
  • (OCoLC)ocn214305953
Label
Epicureanism at the origins of modernity, Catherine Wilson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [278]-296) and index
Contents
Atomism and mechanism -- Corpuscular effluvia : between imagination and experiment -- Order and disorder -- Mortality and metaphysics -- Empiricism and mortalism -- Some rival systems -- The social contract -- The problem of materialism in the New essays -- Robert Boyle and the study of nature -- The sweetness of living
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 304 p.
Isbn
9780199238811
Lccn
2008015450
System control number
  • (OCoLC)214305953
  • (OCoLC)ocn214305953

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