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Lucretius and Modernity : Epicurean Encounters Across Time and Disciplines (Hardcover)

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Lucretius's long shadow falls across the disciplines of literary history and criticism, philosophy, religious studies, classics, political philosophy, and the history of science. The best recent example is Stephen Greenblatt's popular account of the Roman poet's De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) rediscovery by Poggio Bracciolini, and of its reception in early modernity, winner of both a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Despite the poem's newfound influence and visibility, very little cross-disciplinary conversation has taken place. This edited collection brings together essays by distinguished scholars to examine the relationship between Lucretius and modernity. Key questions weaving this book's ideas and arguments together: What is the relation between literary form and philosophical argument? How does the text of De rerum natura allow itself to be used, at different historical moments and to different ends? What counts as reason for Lucretius? Together, these essays present a nuanced, skeptical, passionate, historically sensitive, and complicated account of what is at stake when we claim Lucretius for modernity.

Number of Pages: 225.0
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / General
Series Title: New Antiquity
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Language: English
Street Date: January 27, 2016
TCIN: 50862298
UPC: 9781137581990
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-2392

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