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Epicureanism : A Very Short Introduction - Catherine Wilson

Epicureanism

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st February 2016
ISBN: 9780199688326
Number Of Pages: 144

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Epicureanism is commonly associated with a carefree view of life and the pursuit of pleasures, particularly the pleasures of the table. However it was a complex and distinctive system of philosophy that emphasized simplicity and moderation, and considered nature to consist of atoms and the void. Epicureanism is a school of thought whose legacy continues to reverberate today.

In this Very Short Introduction, Catherine Wilson explains the key ideas of the School, comparing them with those of the rival Stoics and with Kantian ethics, and tracing their influence on the development of scientific and political thought from Locke, Newton, and Galileo to Rousseau, Marx, Bentham, and Mill. She discusses the adoption and adaptation of Epicurean motifs in science, morality, and politics from the 17th Century onwards and contextualises the significance of Epicureanism in modern life.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

1: Introduction 2: Atomic worlds 3: Knowledge and understanding 4: Living, loving, dying 5: Material minds 6: Religion and superstition 7: Politics and society 8: Epicurean ethics 9: The Epicurean legacy Further reading Index

ISBN: 9780199688326
ISBN-10: 019968832X
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st February 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 11.3 x 17.4  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.13

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