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By Catherine Wilson | Comments: ( 513 ) | Date: ( Nov 18, 2019 )

This landmark study examines the role played by the rediscovery of the writings of the ancient atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, in the articulation of the major philosophical systems of the seventeenth century, and, broadly, their influence on the evolution of natural science and moral and political philosophy The target of sustained and trenchant philosophical critThis landmark study examines the role played by the rediscovery of the writings of the ancient atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, in the articulation of the major philosophical systems of the seventeenth century, and, broadly, their influence on the evolution of natural science and moral and political philosophy The target of sustained and trenchant philosophical criticism by Cicero, and of opprobrium by the Christian Fathers of the early Church, for its unflinching commitment to the absence of divine supervision and the finitude of life, the Epicurean philosophy surfaced again in the period of the Scientific Revolution, when it displaced scholastic Aristotelianism Both modern social contract theory and utilitarianism in ethics were grounded in its tenets Catherine Wilson shows how the distinctive Epicurean image of the natural and social worlds took hold in philosophy, and how it is an acknowledged, and often unacknowledged presence in the writings of Descartes, Gassendi, Hobbes, Boyle, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley With chapters devoted to Epicurean physics and cosmology, the corpuscularian or mechanical philosophy, the question of the mortality of the soul, the grounds of political authority, the contested nature of the experimental philosophy, sensuality, curiosity, and the role of pleasure and utility in ethics, the author makes a persuasive case for the significance of materialism in seventeenth century philosophy without underestimating the depth and significance of the opposition to it, and for its continued importance in the contemporary world Lucretius s great poem, On the Nature of Things, supplies the frame of reference for this deeply researched inquiry into the origins of modern philosophy.


  • Title: Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity
  • Author: Catherine Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780199238811
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Catherine Wilson

Current Academic Position Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Andrew Heiskell Research Scholar Education Ph.D Princeton University B.Phil University of Oxford B.A Yale University Research Interests 17th and 18th Century History and Philosophy of Science Moral and Social Theory Philosophy of Literature Courses Recently Taught Biology and Morality Spring 2008 Empiricism Bacon to Hume Fall 2007 Egalitarianism For Against Spring 2007 Rationalists Fall 2006 Evolution and Ethics Spring 2006 Materialism, Politics and Morals in 17th Century Philosophy Fall 2005 Representative Publications Moral Animals Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory Oxford University Press, 2004 Descartes s Meditations An Introduction Cambridge University Press, 2003 The Invisible World Early Modern Philosophy and the Invention of the Microscope Princeton University Press, 1995 2nd ed paperback 1997 Leibniz s Metaphysics A Historical and Comparative Study Princeton University Press Manchester University Press, 1989 What is the Importance of Descartes s Sixth Meditation Accepted for publication in Philosophica 74 2006 Evolutionary Ethics 12,000 words To appear in Handbook of the Philosophy of Biology, ed M Matthen and C Stephens, Elsevier, 2006 Love of God and Love of Creatures The Astell Masham Debate, History of Philosophy Quarterly, 21 2004 Simone de Beauvoir and Human Dignity In The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Emily Grosholz, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp 90 114 Kant and Leibniz, Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, 2004 Epicureanism in Early Modern Philosophy Leibniz and his Contemporaries, in Brad Inwood and Jon Miller, eds Hellenistic and Early Modern Philosophy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003, p 90 115 Capability and Language in the Novels of Tarjei Vesaas Philosophy and Literature 27 2003 pp 21 39 A Humean Argument for Benevolence to Strangers, Monist 86 3 on Moral Distance, edited by Deen Chatterjee 2003 p 454 468 The Role of a Merit Principle in Distributive Justice, Journal of Ethics 7 2003 pp 1 38 Morphogenesis, Organisation, Teleology, Enciclopedia Italiana, Rome, 2003 Corpuscular Effluvia Between Imagination and Experiment, in Claus Zittel and Wolfgang Detel eds Ideals and Cultures of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe Wissensideale und Wissenskulturen in der fr hen Neuzeit Concepts, Methods, Historical Conditions and Social Impact 2 vols Frankfurt, Akademie Verlag 2002, pp 161 184.



Comments Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity

  • Tarmo Jüristo

    I picked up this book after having read Greenblatt's bestselling Swerve -- and in some ways those two books can be considered almost companion volumes. While Greenblatt tells decent enough a tale of the rediscovery of Lucretius' De rerum natura, it was decidedly sketchy regarding the ways how this made the world modern (which, incidentally is the subtitle of Greenblatt's book). Enter Catherine Wilson.Wilson's account fills all the blanks (and then some) left in Greenblatt's story, and does so wi [...]


  • Max

    A fantastic overview of the place of Epicurean thought in the history of the development of modern philosophy.


  • Ryan

    Everything past the (lengthy and meaty) introduction seems digressive. The author engages in little argument or synthesis, and the book is structured like a patchwork of lengthy notes loosely assembled into a discursive narrative without any satisfying conclusion. Despite this meandering quality, the book is not really unfocused, and the various explorations are immersive, erudite and illuminating. You get a sense of the chatter within and surrounding the British Royal Society, as well as the wi [...]


  • John

    Catherine Wilson offers a more academic text than does the more recently published "The Swerve." You need to have an interest in ancient Greek/Roman philosophy to get through it, but if you truly are interested in the tennants of Epicurianism, it's a great book. I can now say as did Thomas Jefferson "I too am and Epicurian."


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