The restoration of epicurean atomism and hedonism was an important feature of philosophy in the seventeenth century epicurean atomism was one of several traditions that influenced the development of the mechanical philosophy and its hedonism contributed to the development of political philosophies . Epicureanism at the origins of modernity has 12 ratings and 4 reviews tarmo said i picked up this book after having read greenblatts bestselling swerv. This book examines the role played by the rediscovery of the writings of the ancient atomists the greek philosopher epicurus and his latin successor titus carus lucretius in the articulation of the major philosophical systems of the 17th century and the evolution of natural science and moral and political philosophy the book shows how the distinctive epicurean image of the natural . 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 more 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 . The first comprehensive study of epicureanism in the early modern period offers a fascinating new perspective on the development of modern thought richly documented and engagingly written ranges widely from science to political theory sheds new light on the leading philosophers of the seventeenth
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