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Atoms, Pneuma, and Tranquillity : Epicurean and Stoic Themes in European Thought - Margaret J. Osler

Atoms, Pneuma, and Tranquillity

Epicurean and Stoic Themes in European Thought

By: Margaret J. Osler (Editor)

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Published: 30th August 1991
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This volume examines the influence that Epicureanism and Stoicism, two philosophies of nature and human nature articulated during classical times, exerted on the development of European thought to the Enlightenment. Although the influence of these philosophies has often been noted in certain areas, such as the influence of Stoicism on the development of Christian thought and the influence of Epicureanism on modern materialism, the chapters in this volume forward a new awareness of the degree to which these philosophies and their continued interaction informed European intellectual life well into early modern times. The influence of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophies in the areas of literature, philosophy, theology, and science are considered. Many thinkers continue to perceive these philosophies as significant alternatives for understanding the human and natural worlds. Having become incorporated into the canon of philosophical alternatives, Epicureanism and Stoicism continued to exert identifiable influences on scientific and philosphical thought at least until the middle of the eighteenth century.

"...an important and ground-breaking volume in a rapidly developing field..." Choice "...will amply reward the careful consideration it demands." Eric R. Meyer, ISIS

Introduction
Ethics and logic in stoicism Gerard Verbeke
Medieval connectives, Hellenistic connections: the strange case of propositional logic
Stoic psychotherapy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Alonso de Cartagena and John Calvin as interpreters of
The Epicurean in Lorenzo Valla's On Pleasure
Seneca's role in popularizing Epicurus in the Renaissance
Stoic contributions to early modern science
Fortune, fate, and divination: Gassendi's voluntarist theology and the baptism of Epicureanism
Epicureanism and the creation of a privatist ethic in early seventeenth-century
Robert Boyle on Epicurean atheism and atomism
Stoic and Epicurean doctrines in Newton's system of the world
Locke, Willis, and the seventeenth-century Epicurean soul
The Epicurean way of ideas
The stoic legacy in the early Scottish enlightenment
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ISBN: 9780521400480
ISBN-10: 0521400481
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th August 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 17.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.54