Rezension von: Lukrez, Über die Natur der Dinge, übersetzt v. Klaus Binder [Book Review]

Aufklärung Und Kritik 25 (4):254–257 (2018)

Theodor Ebert
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
This is a review of the new translation-cum-commentary of Lucretius, De rerum Natura by Klaus Binder, published by dtv, Munich 2017. The review stresses the importance of Lucretius work for the Enlightenment. The translation is o. k. on the whole, however the translator should have avoided rendering the Latin >religio< by >Aberglauben< (superstition). >superstition< was the word chosen by the English translator in the Loeb-Library, W. H. D. Rouse. Rouse was a Headmaster of the Perse School in Cambridge and he may have chosen this rendering in 1924 to avoid getting into trouble with the Church of England.
Keywords Lucretius, Epicurus, materialism  critique of religion, atomism,  denial of immortality of the soul
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