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The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism

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James Warren, Diskin Clay, David Sedley, Michael Erler, Pierre-Marie Morel, Elizabeth Asmis, Liba Taub, Christopher Gill, Tim O'Keefe, Raphael Woolf, Eric Brown, Catherine Atherton, David Blank, Voula Tsouna, Catherine Wilson
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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521695305

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  • This Companion presents both an introduction to the history of the ancient philosophical school of Epicureanism and also a critical account of the major areas of its philosophical interest. Chapters span the school's history from the early Hellenistic Garden to the Roman Empire and its later reception in the Early Modern period, introducing the reader to the Epicureans' contributions in physics, metaphysics, epistemology, psychology, ethics and politics. The international team of contributors includes scholars who have produced innovative and original research in various areas of Epicurean thought and they have produced essays which are accessible and of interest to philosophers, classicists, and anyone concerned with the diversity and preoccupations of Epicurean philosophy and the state of academic research in this field. The volume emphasises the interrelation of the different areas of the Epicureans' philosophical interests while also drawing attention to points of interpretative difficulty and controversy.

    • An international team of experts in the field provides a comprehensive introduction to this highly influential ancient philosophical school
    • Includes coverage of important new epigraphic and papyrological texts, especially those from Herculaneum
    • Can be used as a general introduction, as well as for more detailed readings
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521695305
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction James Warren
    1. The Athenian garden Diskin Clay
    2. Epicureanism in the Roman Republic David Sedley
    3. Epicureanism in the Roman Empire Michael Erler
    4. Epicurean atomism Pierre-Marie Morel
    5. Epicurean empiricism Elizabeth Asmis
    6. Cosmology and meteorology Liba Taub
    7. Psychology Christopher Gill
    8. Action and responsibility Tim O'Keefe
    9. Pleasure and desire Raphael Woolf
    10. Politics and society Eric Brown
    11. Philosophy of language Catherine Atherton
    12. Poetry and rhetoric David Blank
    13. Removing fear: the gods and death James Warren
    14. Epicurean therapy: pedagogy and improvement Voula Tsouna
    15. Epicureanism in the early modern period Catherine Wilson
    General index
    Index of passages from ancient text.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ancient Philosophy & History
    • Foundations of Western Intellectual Tradition
    • Great Works in Philosophy
    • History of Ethics: Socrates to the Stoics
    • Human Nature after Darwin
    • Lucretius
    • The Good Life
    • The Individual in Literature, Philosophy and Art
  • Editor

    James Warren, University of Cambridge
    James Warren is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. Previous books include Facing Death: Epicurus and his Critics (2004) and Epicurus and Democritean Ethics: an Archaeology of Ataraxia (2002).


    James Warren, Diskin Clay, David Sedley, Michael Erler, Pierre-Marie Morel, Elizabeth Asmis, Liba Taub, Christopher Gill, Tim O'Keefe, Raphael Woolf, Eric Brown, Catherine Atherton, David Blank, Voula Tsouna, Catherine Wilson

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