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    DescriptionEpicurus, and his Roman disciple Lucretius, held that the primary cause of human unhappiness was an irrational fear of death. What is more, they believed that a clear understanding of the nature of the world would help to eliminate this fear; for if we recognise that the universe and everything in it is made up of atoms and empty space, we will see that the soul cannot possibly survive the extinction of the body -- and no harm to us can occur after we die. This liberating insight is at the core of Epicurean therapy. In this book, Konstan seeks to show how such fears arose, according to the Epicureans, and why they persist even in modern societies. It offers a close examination of the basic principles of Epicurean psychology: showing how a system based on a materialistic world view could provide a coherent account of irrational anxieties and desires, and provide a therapy that would allow human beings to enjoy life to the fullest degree.

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    A Life Worthy of the Gods
    The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Konstan
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9781930972285
    ISBN 10: 1930972288

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    LC classification: B573 .K66 2008
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Parmenides Publishing
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    Parmenides Publishing
    Publication date
    20 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Las Vegas
    Author Information
    David Konstan received his B.A. in Mathematics and his Ph.D. in Classics at Columbia University. He is currently the John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and the Humanistic Tradition, Professor in Comparative Literature, as well as a member of the Graduate Faculty of Theatre, Speech, and Dance at Brown University.