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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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.
This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).
Format: Edited volume - hardback
Size: 234 × 156 mm
Publication: May 15, 2023
Languages: English: United States
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.
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