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Epicurus on Freedom

Epicurus on Freedom

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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521846967

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  • The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-271/0 BCE) has attracted much contemporary interest. Tim O'Keefe argues that the sort of freedom which Epicurus wanted to preserve is significantly different from the 'free will' which philosophers debate today, and that in its emphasis on rational action, has much closer affinities with Aristotle's thought than with current preoccupations. His original and provocative book will be of interest to a wide range of readers in Hellenistic philosophy.

    • The first book on Epicurus' theory of freedom in over 15 years
    • This new interpretation of Epicurus demonstrates the affinities between him and Aristotle
    • Illustrates Epicurus' role in shaping the modern 'problem of free will and determinism'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "O'Keefe is a helpful and masterful guide through the complex philosophical issues and fragmentary pieces of evidence relevant to Epicurus, determinism, and the swerve."
    Mi-Kyoung Lee, Journal of the History of Moral Philosophy

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    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521846967
    • length: 186 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. What sort of an incompatibilist is Epicurus?
    2. Lucretius on the swerve and Voluntas
    3. Aristotle and Epicurus on the origins of character and action
    4. Epicurus' reductionalist response to democritean fatalism
    5. The swerve and collisions
    6. The swerve and fate
    Epilogue: Epicurus and the invention of libertarian free will
    Appendix: Some texts
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Tim O'Keefe, Georgia State University
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