Cambridge Classical Studies: Epicurus and Democritean Ethics: An Archaeology of Ataraxia
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Cambridge Classical Studies: Epicurus and Democritean Ethics: An Archaeology of Ataraxia

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The Epicurean philosophical system has enjoyed much scrutiny, but the question of its philosophical ancestry remains largely neglected. It has often been thought that Epicurus owed only his physical theory of atomism to the fifth-century BC philosopher Democritus, but this 2002 study finds that there is much in his ethical thought which can be traced to Democritus. It also finds important influences on Epicurus in Democritus' fourth-century followers such as Anaxarchus and Pyrrho, and in Epicurus' disagreements with his own Democritean teacher Nausiphanes. The result is not only a fascinating reconstruction of a lost tradition, but also an important contribution to the philosophical interpretation of Epicureanism, bearing especially on its ideal of tranquillity and on the relation of ethics to physics.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 217 x 15mm | 337g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521034450
  • 9780521034456
  • 620,463

Table of contents

List of figures; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: Epicurus, Democritus and ataraxia; 1. Introducing the Democriteans; 2. Democritus' ethics and atomist psychologies; 3. Anaxarchus' moral stage; 4. Pyrrho and Timon: inhuman indifference; 5. Polystratus and Epicurean pigs; 6. Hecataeus of Abdera's instructive ethnography; 7. Nausiphanes' compelling rhetoric; Conclusion: Epicurus and Democriteanism: determinism, scepticism and ethics; Bibliography; Index locorum; General index.
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'In this book Warren shows himself well equipped with the tools of philosophical archaeology, and admirably skilled in their use ... guides the reader expertly ... Warren imparts much fascinating information ...' Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought "This is a piece of dense and detailed scholariship, painstakingly referenced and thoughtfully argued." Philosophy in Review "This book will become a standard resource for historians of the period, providing an unsurpassed collection of material for studying the whole Democritean school, and in many cases providing definitive interpretations that will make further study unnecessary." Ethics
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About James Warren

James Warren is Assistant Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Corpus Christi College.
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