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Epicureanism: A Very Short Introduction

Catherine Wilson

December 2015

ISBN: 9780199688326

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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This Very Short Introduction corrects the prevalent view of Epicureanism that often conjures up ideas of tasty delights and hedonism. Wilson explains the philosophical and scientific ideas of Epicurus and his followers and the legacy of Epicureanism on later European thought.

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This Very Short Introduction corrects the prevalent view of Epicureanism that often conjures up ideas of tasty delights and hedonism. Wilson explains the philosophical and scientific ideas of Epicurus and his followers and the legacy of Epicureanism on later European thought.

  • Provides readers with a sense of the influence of Epicureanism and its ideas on philosophical thought across the centuries
  • Demonstrates how Epicureanism's message of 'civilized moderation' remains relevant today
  • Places Epicureanism within the context of its rival views: Stoicism and Kantian ethics
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Catherine Wilson, Anniversary Professor of Philosophy at York University

Catherine Wilson is Anniversary Professor of Philosophy at York University and known for her work on the legacy of Epicureanism. She has contributed chapters to the Cambridge Companion to Epicurus (CUP, 2009) and is the author of the highly regarded monograph, Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity (OUP, 2008).

Table of Contents

    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

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