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Summary Epicureanism is the philosophical system formulated by Epicurus (341-271 BCE). It was one of the most influential and popular philosophical schools in the Hellenistic era. Epicureanism revives the atomism of Democritus and rejects the teleology of Aristotle and the immaterial soul and forms of Plato. All events are the result of indivisible bodies (atoms) interacting in the void, and the gods have no role in the workings of the world. Epicurean ethics is a form of ascetic egoistic hedonism. Only one's own pleasure is intrinsically valuable, but the limit of pleasure is freedom from bodily distress and (especially) peace of mind, and the way to acquire peace of mind is by limiting your desires. The Epicurean arguments against the fear of death have been especially influential: death is annihilation, and so your death is bad for you neither when you are alive (as you are not dead) nor when you are dead (as you no longer exist).
Key works Most of Epicurus' writings are lost, but book ten of Diogenes Laertius' Lives of Eminent Philosophers, in its summary of Epicurus' life and teachings, contains three letters by Epicurus that summarize his physics, views on celestial and meteorological phenomena, and ethics. It also includes the "Principal Doctrines," short sayings mainly on ethics. The Roman poet and fervent Epicurean Lucretius (c. 94-55 BCE) composed "On the Nature of Things," a massive 6-book summary of Epicurean physics. The Roman statesmen Cicero (106–43 BCE) includes important summaries of Epicurean arguments in his philosophical works. Long & Sedley 1987 and Inwood & Gerson 1994 are compendiums of many of the crucial texts, with Long & Sedley 1987 including extensive commentary.
Introductions Konstan 2008 is a good encyclopedia entry on Epicurus. O'Keefe 2010 is an accessible book-length overview of the Epicurean philosophical system, while Warren 2009 contains chapters that deal more extensively with the current scholarly literature.
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  1. S. H. A. (1921). Juristische Papyri. Von P. M. Meyer. Pp. Xx + 380 Berlin: Weidmann, 1920. M. 22. The Classical Review 35 (3-4):78-.
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  2. Antonina Alberti (1995). The Epicurean Theory of Law and Justice. In André Laks & Malcolm Schofield (eds.), Justice and Generosity: Studies in Hellenistic Social and Political Philosophy: Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium Hellenisticum. Cambridge University Press. 161--90.
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  3. Keimpe Algra (1999). Walking Images: Epicurean Catoptrics in Lucretius DRN IV 318-323. Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 20 (2):359-380.
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  4. James Allen (2001). Epicurian Inferences: The Evidence of Philodemus's De Signis. In Jyl Gentzler (ed.), Method in Ancient Philosophy. Clarendon Press.
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  5. Diego Alonso-Lasheras (2010). Matteo Liberatore y la Rerum Novarum: La propiedad privada y el salario: entre la economía y el magisterio social de la Iglesia. Gregorianum 91 (4):824-841.
    Rerum Novarum is a unique case of an encyclical, for we know in great detail how it was drafted and written. If we connect this knowledge to the fact that Matteo Liberatore - the main thinker who collaborated to its writing - wrote a treatise on the Principles of Political Economy, we can analyse how economic thought and moral theology are intertwined in the work of Liberatore. Similarly, the study of the economic thought of Liberatore can help us understand two (...)
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  6. David Armstrong (2011). Epicurean Virtues, Epicurean Friendship: Cicero Vs. The Herculaneum Papyri. In Jeffrey Fish & Kirk R. Sanders (eds.), Epicurus and the Epicurean Tradition. Cambridge University Press. 105.
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  7. Robert J. Ball (2005). Further Observations on the Correspondence of Gilbert Highet and Cyril Bailey. Classical World 98 (4).
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  8. Robert J. Ball (2004). The Correspondence of Gilbert Highet and Cyril Bailey. Classical World 98 (1).
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  9. Silvia Barbantani (forthcoming). Review of R. JANKO, Philodemus On Poetry, Book One, Oxford 2000. [REVIEW] The Classical Review.
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  10. Rafael Ramis Barceló (2009). Hacia una lectura unitaria de la obra doxográfica de Diógenes Laercio: S. Grau Guijarro: La imatge del filòsof i de l'activitat filosòfica a la Grècia antiga, Anàlisi dels tòpics biogràfics presents a les "Vides i doctrines dels filòsofs més il·lustres" de Diògenes Laerci , Barcelona, PPU, 2009. Astrolabio: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 9:241-245.
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  11. Anthony W. Bartlett (2002). Epicurus, Economics and Violence. Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 58 (2):319-332.
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  12. Alfred W. Benn (1911). Note on Epicureanism and Natural Law. Mind 20 (77):154-157.
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  13. Moishe Black (1996). Painting and Poetry: Titillation and Translation — Diderot Confronts Lucretius's Invocation to Venus. Lumen: Selected Proceedings From the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 15:27.
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  14. Olivier Bloch (2009). Epicureanism – Yesterday and Today. Iris 1 (2):483-495.
    This article presents a brief survey of the Epicurean doctrine, its general purpose, and its different aspects, and argues that, for all the historical differences involved, it still remains useful, relevant, and even necessary, in many respects for us today: the wholly immanent nature of Epicurean ideals (“the fourfold remedy”) and the materialism for which it provides a convincing model, even with its paradoxical “theology,” can serve as a means of resistance to the current “return of the religious” and the (...)
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  15. M. Bonazzi (2003). Rec.: J. Warren, Epicurus and Democritean Ethics. An Archeology of Ataraxia (Cambridge 2002). Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 58:764-767.
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  16. G. E. K. Braunholtz (1915). The Nationality of Vergil. The Classical Review 29 (04):104-110.
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  17. Jacques Brunschwig (1995). Etudes Sur les Philosophies Hellénistiques Épicurisme, Stoïcisme, Scepticisme. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  18. Jacques Brunschwig (ed.) (1994). Papers in Hellenistic Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
    This collection makes available in English twelve essays by a distinguished French scholar, which contribute to the current scholarly and philosophical renewal of interest in the major Hellenistic schools of philosophy of the Greco-Roman ...
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  19. W. M. Calder (1929). Dienysii Byzantii Anaplus Bospori. By R. Güngerlch. Pp. lxxvi + 45. Berlin : Weidmann, 1927. M. 8. The Classical Review 43 (06):238-.
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  20. Titus Lucretius Carus, Thomas Creech, John Matthews, George Sawbridge & John Churchill (1714). T. Lucretius Carus, of the Nature of Things in Six Books. Printed by J. Matthews for G. Sawbridge ... And Sold by J. Churchill and W. Taylor ... J. Wyat, and R. Knaplock ... R. Parker, G. Strahan, and J. Phillips ... B. Tooke and R. Goslin ... J. Brown ... J. Tonson ... W. Lewis ... J. Harding ... And J. Graves,.
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  21. Howard Caygill (2006). Under the Epicurean Skies. Angelaki 11 (3):107 – 115.
    Whatever it is, bad weather or good, the loss of a friend, sickness, slander, the failure of some letter to arrive, the spraining of an ankle, a glance into a shop, a counter-argument, the opening of a book, a dream, a fraud - either immediately or very soon after it proves to be something that "must not be missing"; it has a profound significance and use precisely for us. Is there any more dangerous seduction that might tempt one to renounce (...)
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  22. C. W. Chilton (1968). The Faith of Epicurus. Philosophical Books 9 (1):9-10.
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  23. Anton Hermann Chroust (1953). The Philosophy of Law of the Epicureans. The Thomist 16:82-117.
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  24. Stephen Rl Clark (1995). Objective Values, Final Causes: Stoics, Epicureans, and Platonists. Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3.
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  25. James J. Clauss (forthcoming). Vergil and the Euphrates Revisited. American Journal of Philology.
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  26. Felix M. Cleve (1973). La Lettre d'Epicure (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 11 (2):255-256.
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  27. Alfonso Correa Motta & Liliana Carolina Sánchez Castro (2013). Diógenes laercio IX 61-116: Pirrón Y Los pirrónicos. Ideas Y Valores 62 (151):215-238.
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  28. M. Joseph Costelloe (1970). "Religion in Virgil," by Cyril Bailey. Modern Schoolman 48 (1):111-111.
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  29. M. Joseph Costelloe (1970). "Religion in Virgil," by Cyril Bailey. Modern Schoolman 48 (1):111-111.
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  30. M. Joseph Costelloe (1970). "Religion in Virgil," by Cyril Bailey. Modern Schoolman 48 (1):111-111.
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  31. M. Marjorie Crump (1921). Vergil and the Messeniaca of Rhianus. The Classical Review 35 (7-8):157-.
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  32. Deborah Davies (2006). New Strategies for Reading Vergil. Classical World 99 (2):173-176.
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  33. E. L. B. Meurig Davies (1950). Notes on Euripides, Lucretius, and Claudian. The Classical Review 64 (3-4):94-95.
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  34. V. Delnero (1986). Sexuality in Pio, Giovan, Battista Commentary on Lucretius. Rinascimento 26:277-295.
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  35. Hans Derks (1998). Greek Ethics From Homer to Epicurus. The European Legacy 3 (5):97-103.
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  36. Souleymane Bachir Diagne (2005). Diogenes 208. Diogenes 208:199-200.
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  37. Nikolay Dibrov (2011). Nature of Atomic Orbits. Apeiron 18 (4):352.
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  38. Hermann Diels (1894). Aus dem Leben des Cynikers Diogenes. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 7 (3):313-316.
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  39. M. Dilisa (1991). Geometra-Natura, the Philosophy of Ortes, Giammaria. Giornale Critico Della Filosofia Italiana 11 (3):409-430.
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  40. John Dillon (1999). Papers in Hellenistic Philosophy. International Studies in Philosophy 31 (4):102-103.
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  41. John P. Doyle (1982). Bartholomaeus Anglicus On the Properties of Soul and Body: De Proprietatibus Rerum Libri III Et IV. Edited by R. James Long. Modern Schoolman 59 (2):147-148.
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  42. Adam Drozdek (2002). Diogenes z Apolonii. Przeglad Filozoficzny - Nowa Seria 43 (3):5-17.
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  43. Walter Englert (1994). Stoics and Epicureans on the Nature of Suicide. Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 10:67-98.
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  44. Michael Erler (1995). Diogenes the Epicurean. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 45 (1):22-24.
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  45. Holger Essler (2011). Cicero's Use and Abuse of Epicurean Theology. In Jeffrey Fish & Kirk R. Sanders (eds.), Epicurus and the Epicurean Tradition. Cambridge University Press. 129.
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  46. Talavera Esteso (1977). Ciencia y Predicacion En El Siglo XIII: El Liber de Natura Rerum de Tomas de Cantimpré'. Ciencia Tomista 104:409-450.
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  47. S. F. (2000). Keimpe Algra, Jonathan Barnes, Jaap Mansfeld and Malcolm Schofield (Eds) the Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999). Pp. XIX + 916. £80·00 (Hbk). ISBN 0 521 250285. [REVIEW] Religious Studies 36 (4):505-507.
  48. Aleksandar Fatic (2014). Epicurean Ethics in the Pragmatist Philosophical Counsel. Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 22 (1):63-77.
    The paper explores the extent to which Epicurean ethics as a general philosophy of life can be integrated in a composite pragmatist approach to philosophical counseling. Epicureanism emerged in a historical era that was very different from the modern time and addressed a different philosophical ethos of the time. This alone makes it difficult for Epicureanism to satisfy all of the normative criteria for a modern ethics. On the other hand, the paper discusses aspects of the modern ‘external’, duty- and (...)
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  49. E. S. Fegan (1910). Die Burgtempel Der Athenaia Die Burgtempel der Athenaia. By E. Petersen. Berlin: Weidmann. 1907. 8vo. 1 Vol. Pp. 147, with 4 Illustrations in Text. M. 4. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 24 (02):68-.
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  50. F. Ferrari (1993). Platonism in the Writings of Philodemus-Writing the History of the Platonic Academy. Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 48 (2):349-357.
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