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.
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Francesca Masi, Pierre-Marie Morel and Francesco Verde
Thinking or Speaking: The Paradoxes of the Epicurean Theory of Language
Language Theory, Scientific Terminology, and Linguistic Controversies in Epicurus’ On Nature
Epicurus and His Meteorological Lexicon in the Letter to Pythocles: Some Remarks
Dino De Sanctis
The Fragments of Epicurus’ Letters: Scientific Debates and New Perspectives
Lucretius’ Epistemological Language
Medicine and Responsibility: Hippocratic and Democritean Influences on Epicurus’ Περὶ φύσεως Book XXV?
Medicine and Atomism: Asclepiades of Bithynia and Epicurean Science
Patterns of Reception of Epicureanism in Galen’s Writings
Vincenzo Damiani Gravity and the Shape and Location of the Earth
The Method of Multiple Explanations Revisited
The Explanation of Meteorological Phenomena in the Philosophical Inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda
Gassendi’s Interpretation of Epicurus’ Method of Multiple Explanations: Between Scepticism and Probabilism
Observation, Probabilism, and Humanist Methods of History in Pierre Gassendi’s Meteorology
About the contributors
Index of Ancient Names
Index of Modern Names
Format: Edited volume - hardback
Size: 234 × 156 × 20 mm
Publication: August 30, 2023
Languages: English: United States
Stock item number: 155809
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.
Wim Nijs, KU Leuven