Catherine Wilson's Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity PDF

By Catherine Wilson

This landmark examine examines the function performed by way of the rediscovery of the writings of the traditional atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, within the articulation of the main philosophical structures of the 17th century, and, extra generally, their effect at the evolution of ordinary technological know-how and ethical and political philosophy. the objective of sustained and trenchant philosophical feedback by way of Cicero, and of opprobrium by way of the Christian Fathers of the early Church, for its
unflinching dedication to the absence of divine supervision and the finitude of existence, the Epicurean philosophy surfaced back within the interval of the medical Revolution, whilst it displaced scholastic Aristotelianism. either smooth social agreement idea and utilitarianism in ethics have been grounded in its tenets.
Catherine Wilson exhibits how the targeted Epicurean photograph of the ordinary and social worlds took carry in philosophy, and the way it's an stated, and infrequently unacknowledged presence within the writings of Descartes, Gassendi, Hobbes, Boyle, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley. With chapters dedicated to Epicurean physics and cosmology, the corpuscularian or "mechanical" philosophy, the query of the mortality of the soul, the grounds of political authority, the contested nature of the experimental philosophy,
sensuality, interest, and the position of enjoyment and software in ethics, the writer makes a persuasive case for the importance of materialism in seventeenth-century philosophy with out underestimating the intensity and importance of the competition to it, and for its persisted significance in the
contemporary global. Lucretius's nice poem, at the Nature of items, provides the body of reference for this deeply-researched inquiry into the origins of contemporary philosophy.

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