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Epicurus

His Continuing Influence and Contemporary Relevance

Dane R. Gordon, David B. Suits

Publication Year: 2003

The philosophy of Epicurus (c. 341-271 B. C. E.), has been a quietly pervasive influence for more than two millennia. At present, when many long revered ideologies are proven empty, Epicureanism is powerfully and refreshingly relevant, offering a straightforward way of dealing with the issues of life and death. The chapters in this book provide a kaleidoscope of contemporary opinions about Epicurus' teachings. They tell us also about the archeological discoveries that promise to augment the scant remains we have of Epicurus's own writing. the breadth of this new work will be welcomed by those who value Epicurean philosophy as a scholarly and personal resource for contemporary life. "Epicurus: His Continuing Influence and Contemporary Relevance," is the title of a 2002 conference on Epicurus held at Rochester Institute of Technology, when many of the ideas here were first presented.

Published by: RIT Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Preface

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pp. vii-

Epicurus: His Continuing Influence and Contemporary Relevance is the title of this book and the title of a conference held in April 2002 at Rochester Institute of Technology. It expresses what motivated both, namely, that the philosophy of Epicurus has been a quietly pervasive influence for more than two millennia. At present, when many ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. viii-

We wish to acknowledge the fi nancial support which the April, 2002 conference received from the Offi ce of the Provost of R.I.T., from the College of Liberal Arts, from the Department of Philosophy, from the New York Council ...

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The Philosophy of Epicurus: Is It an Option for Today?

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pp. 5-16

The continuing influence of Epicurus is discussed throughout this book. From Lactantius to Butler, Cicero to Gassendi, Augustine to Marx, Epicurean philosophy has been quietly pervasive. It flourished for about six centuries and then disappeared as an identifiable philosophic school. But it never ceased to attract persons for whom what Epicurus taught provides a ...

David Armstrong

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pp. 25-52

James I. Campbell

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pp. 53-76

Lloyd P. Gerson

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pp. 77-88

Veronica Gventsadze

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pp. 89-120

David E. White

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pp. 121-134

Paul M. Schafer

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pp. 135-146

David B. Suits

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pp. 147-164

Marianna Shakhnovich

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pp. 165-174

Daniel C. Russell

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pp. 175-190

M. R. Wheeler

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pp. 191-202

Stephen E. Rosenbaum

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pp. 203-216

Andrew M. T. Moore

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pp. 217-222

Index

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pp. 223-228

Contributors

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pp. 229-236


E-ISBN-13: 9781933360737
Print-ISBN-13: 9780971345966
Print-ISBN-10: 0971345961

Page Count: 236
Illustrations: 8
Publication Year: 2003