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Epicureanism : A Very Short Introduction (Paperback) (Catherine Wilson)

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Epicureanism is commonly associated with a carefree view of life and the pursuit of pleasures, particularly the pleasures of the table. However it was a complex and distinctive system of philosophy that emphasized simplicity and moderation, and considered nature to consist of atoms and the void. Epicureanism is a school of thought whose legacy continues to reverberate today.In this Very Short Introduction, Catherine Wilson explains the key ideas of the School, comparing them with those of the rival Stoics and with Kantian ethics, and tracing their influence on the development of scientific and political thought from Locke, Newton, and Galileo to Rousseau, Marx, Bentham, and Mill. She discusses the adoption and adaptation of Epicurean motifs in science, morality, and politics from the 17th Century onwards and contextualises the significance of Epicureanism in modern life.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Number of Pages: 136
Genre: Philosophy
Sub-Genre: History + Surveys / Ancient + Classical
Series Title: Very Short Introductions
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Catherine Wilson
Language: English
Street Date: February 1, 2016
TCIN: 50462698
UPC: 9780199688326
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-2201
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