Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity by Catherine Wilson

By Catherine Wilson

This landmark learn examines the position performed through the rediscovery of the writings of the traditional atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, within the articulation of the key philosophical structures of the 17th century, and, extra widely, their effect at the evolution of ordinary technology and ethical and political philosophy. the objective of sustained and trenchant philosophical feedback by means of Cicero, and of opprobrium by means of the Christian Fathers of the early Church, for its
unflinching dedication to the absence of divine supervision and the finitude of existence, the Epicurean philosophy surfaced back within the interval of the medical Revolution, while it displaced scholastic Aristotelianism. either glossy social agreement thought and utilitarianism in ethics have been grounded in its tenets.
Catherine Wilson exhibits how the targeted Epicurean photo of the traditional and social worlds took carry in philosophy, and the way it's an stated, and sometimes unacknowledged presence within the writings of Descartes, Gassendi, Hobbes, Boyle, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley. With chapters dedicated to Epicurean physics and cosmology, the corpuscularian or "mechanical" philosophy, the query of the mortality of the soul, the grounds of political authority, the contested nature of the experimental philosophy,
sensuality, interest, and the function of enjoyment and application in ethics, the writer makes a persuasive case for the importance of materialism in seventeenth-century philosophy with out underestimating the intensity and importance of the competition to it, and for its endured value in the
contemporary international. Lucretius's nice poem, at the Nature of items, provides the body of reference for this deeply-researched inquiry into the origins of recent philosophy.
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