Dynamic Reading: Studies in the Reception of Epicureanism
Dynamic Reading examines the reception history of Epicurean philosophy through a series of eleven case studies, which range chronologically from the latter days of the Roman Republic to late twentieth-century France and America. Rather than attempting to separate an original Epicureanism from its later readings and misreadings, this collection studies the philosophy together with its subsequent reception, focusing in particular on the ways in which it has provided terms and conceptual tools for defining how we read and respond to texts, artwork, and the world more generally. Whether it helps us to characterize the "swerviness" of literary influence, the transformative effects of philosophy, or the "events" that shape history, Epicureanism has been a dynamic force in the intellectual history of the West. These essays seek to capture some of that dynamism.
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Swerves Events and Unexpected Effects
Atticus and the Performance of Roman Epicurean Death
Pleasure Authority and Gender in the Reception of the Kuriai Doxai in the Second Sophistic
Disaster and Digression in the First Renaissance Commentary on Lucretius
Epicurus and Lucretius in SixteenthCentury England
Epicurean Women from Lucretius to Rousseau
La Mettrie Materialist Physiology and the Revival of the Epicurean Canonic
The Spirit of Epicurus and the Politics of Finitude in Kant and Hölderlin
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