Epicurus and the Epicurean Tradition

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Cambridge University Press, May 26, 2011 - History - 267 pages
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Epicureanism after the generation of its founders has been characterised as dogmatic, uncreative and static. But this volume brings together work from leading classicists and philosophers that demonstrates the persistent interplay in the school between historical and contemporary influences from outside the school and a commitment to the founders' authority. The interplay begins with Epicurus himself, who made arresting claims of intellectual independence, yet also admitted to taking over important ideas from predecessors, and displayed more receptivity than is usually thought to those of his contemporaries. The same principles of autonomy and openness figure importantly in the three major areas of focus in these essays: theology, politics and the emotions.

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chapter 1 Introduction
on the relationship of authority and autonomy in Epicurus and the Epicurean tradition
chapter 3 Epicurus theological innatism
chapter 4 Epicurus on the gods
what Roman Epicureans were taught about politics
Cicero vs the Herculaneum papyri
chapter 7 Ciceros use and abuse of Epicurean theology
chapter 8 The necessity of anger in Philodemus On Anger
chapter 9 Philodemus Seneca and Plutarch on anger
chapter 10 Philodemus and the fear of premature death
General index
Index of passages

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Jeffrey Fish is Associate Professor of Classics at Baylor University. He has edited Philodemus' On the Good King According to Homer (forthcoming) and is the author of several articles related to the Herculaneum papyri and ancient Homeric scholarship. With Kirk Sanders he is co-editing The Oxford Handbook to Epicureanism.

Kirk R. Sanders is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the Classics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has authored numerous articles in ancient philosophy, and with Jeffrey Fish is currently co-editing The Oxford Handbook to Epicureanism.

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