Epicureanism and Scientific Debates. Antiquity and Late Reception

Volume I. Language, Medicine, Meteorology

Edited by Francesca Masi, Pierre-Marie Morel, and Francesco Verde

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New perspectives on Epicureanism in the fields of language, medicine, and meteorology

Epicureanism is not only a defence of pleasure: it is also a philosophy of science and knowledge. This edited collection explores new pathways for the study of Epicurean scientific thought, a hitherto still understudied domain, and engages systematically and critically with existing theories. It shows that the philosophy of Epicurus and his heirs, from antiquity to the classical age, founded a rigorous and coherent conception of knowledge. This first part of a two-volume set examines more specifically the contribution of Epicureanism in the fields of language, medicine, and meteorology (i.e., celestial, geological and atmospheric phenomena).

Offering a renewed image of Epicureanism, the book includes studies on the nature of human language and on the linguistic aspects of scientific discourse; on the relationship between Epicureanism and ancient medicine, from Hippocrates to Galen; on meteorological phenomena and the method of explaining them; and on the reception of Epicurus's legacy in Gassendi.  

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Format: Edited volume - ebook

350 pages

ISBN: 9789461665164

Publication: August 28, 2023

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 64, 1

Languages: English: United States

Francesca Masi is associate professor of the history of ancient philosophy at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. Her main research areas are ontology, physics, psychology, and ethics in classical and Hellenistic philosophy. She is the author of several studies on Epicurus and Epicureanism.
Francesco Verde is associate professor of the history of ancient philosophy at Sapienza University in Rome. His main research areas are Epicureanism and Aristotelianism of the Hellenistic age.
Pierre-Marie Morel is professor of ancient philosophy at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has translated Epicurus and Diogenes of Oinoanda into French. He is also the author of several books and studies on ancient philosophy.
In its systematic and careful use of the ancient and Early Modern texts this ‘Epucureanism and Scientific Debates’ shed new light upon familiar and less familiar topics. In my opinion, this volume has the potential to become the absolute work of reference for the various subjects that it covers.
Wim Nijs, KU Leuven