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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.Read more
- 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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"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
List of abbreviations
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
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