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Epicurus and Democritean Ethics : An Archaeology of Ataraxia - James Warren

Epicurus and Democritean Ethics

An Archaeology of Ataraxia


Published: 17th June 2002
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The Epicurean philosophical system has enjoyed much recent scrutiny, but the question of its philosophical ancestry remains largely neglected. This book traces its origins in the fifth-century BC atomist Democritus, in his 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.

'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

List of figures
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Epicurus, Democritus and ataraxia
Introducing the Democriteans
Democritus' ethics and atomist psychologies
Anaxarchus' moral stage
Pyrrho and Timon: inhuman indifference
Polystratus and Epicurean pigs
Hecataeus of Abdera's instructive ethnography
Nausiphanes' compelling rhetoric
Conclusion: Epicurus and Democriteanism: determinism, scepticism and ethics
Index locorum
General index
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ISBN: 9780521813693
ISBN-10: 0521813697
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th June 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.48