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Author Warren, James, 1974-

Title Epicurus and Democritean ethics : an archaeology of ataraxia / James Warren
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002


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Description xiv, 241 pages ; 23 cm
Series Cambridge classical studies
Cambridge classical studies.
Contents Introduction: Epicurus, Democritus and ataraxia -- 1. Introducing the Democriteans -- 2. Democritus' ethics and atomist psychologies -- 3. Anaxarchus' moral stage -- 4. Pyrrho and Timon: inhuman indifference -- 5. Polystratus and Epicurean pigs -- 6. Hecataeus of Abdera's instructive ethnography -- 7. Nausiphanes' compelling rhetoric -- Conclusion: Epicurus and Democriteanism: determinism, scepticism and ethics
Summary "The Epicurean philosophical system has enjoyed much recent scrutiny, but the question of its philosophical ancestry remains largely neglected. It has often been thought that Epicurus owed only his physical theory of atomism to the fifth-century B.C. philosopher Democritus, but this study finds that there is much in his ethical thought which can be traced to Democritus. It also finds important influences on Epicurus in Democritus' 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."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Based on a Ph.D. thesis, Cambridge University, 1999
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-223) and indexes
SUBJECT Epicurus -- Ethics.
Democritus -- Ethics.
Subject Ethics, Ancient.
LC no. 2001052631
ISBN 0521813697