Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity by Catherine Wilson

By Catherine Wilson

This landmark research examines the position performed via the rediscovery of the writings of the traditional atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, within the articulation of the foremost philosophical structures of the 17th century, and, extra generally, their impact at the evolution of average technology and ethical and political philosophy. the objective of sustained and trenchant philosophical feedback through Cicero, and of opprobrium via 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 sleek social agreement conception and utilitarianism in ethics have been grounded in its tenets.
Catherine Wilson indicates how the targeted Epicurean snapshot of the traditional and social worlds took carry in philosophy, and the way it truly is an said, and sometimes 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 function of enjoyment and software in ethics, the writer makes a persuasive case for the importance of materialism in seventeenth-century philosophy with no underestimating the intensity and value of the competition to it, and for its persisted significance in the
contemporary global. Lucretius's nice poem, at the Nature of items, offers the body of reference for this deeply-researched inquiry into the origins of recent philosophy.

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