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Voula Tsouna
University of California at Santa Barbara
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    Epicurean Preconceptions.Voula Tsouna - 2016 - Phronesis 61 (2):160-221.
    This paper provides a comprehensive study of the Epicurean theory of ‘preconception’. It addresses what a preconception is; how our preconception of the gods can be called innata, innate; the role played by epibolai ; and how preconceptions play a semantic role different from that of ‘sayables’ in Stoicism. The paper highlights the conceptual connections between these issues, and also shows how later Epicureans develop Epicurus’ doctrine of preconceptions while remaining orthodox about the core of that doctrine.
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    Epicurean Dreams.Voula Tsouna - 2018 - Elenchos 39 (2):231-256.
    Most ancient philosophers accept that dreams have prophetic powers enabling humans to relate somehow to a world beyond their own. The only philosophers known to make a clean and explicit break with that tradition are the Epicureans, beginning with Epicurus himself and reaching his last eminent follower, Diogenes of Oinoanda. They openly reject the idea that dreams mediate between the divine and the human realms, or between the world of the living and the world of the dead. They demystify the (...)
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    The Ethics of Philodemus.Voula Tsouna - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
    Voula Tsouna presents a comprehensive study of the ethics of the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, who taught Virgil, influenced Horace, and was praised by Cicero. His works have only recently become available to modern readers, through the decipherment of a papyrus carbonized by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Tsouna examines Philodemus's theoretical principles in ethics, his contributions to moral psychology, his method, his conception of therapy, and his therapeutic techniques. The Ethics of Philodemus will be of considerable interest to (...)
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    Philodemus, Seneca and Plutarch on Anger.Voula Tsouna - 2011 - In Jeffrey Fish & Kirk R. Sanders (eds.), Epicurus and the Epicurean Tradition. Cambridge University Press. pp. 183-210.
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    Epicurean Therapeutic Strategies.Voula Tsouna - 2009 - In James Warren (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism. Cambridge University Press. pp. 249-265.
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    Philodemus, On Property Management.Voula Tsouna - 2012 - Society of Biblical Literature.
    Voula Tsouna provides a translation, extensive introduction, and notes on Philodemus' treatise "On Property Management." A fragmentary version of this treatise was recovered from the Epicurean library at Herculaneum, which was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
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  7. Rationality and the Fear of Death in Epicurean Philosophy.Voula Tsouna - 2006 - Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 1:79-117.
    This paper outlines the Epicurean conception of rationality and then tries to assess the merits of the notorious contention of the Epicurean philosophers that it is irrationalto fear death. At the outset, I talk about the nature of harmful emotions or passions, of which the fear of death is an outstanding example: their dependence on one‘s disposition, their cognitive and non-cognitive components, the ways in which these elements may be related to each other, and the healthy counterparts of the passions, (...)
     
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    Socrates' Attack on Intellectualism in the "Charmides".Voula Tsouna - 1997 - Apeiron 30 (4):63 - 78.
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    Remarks About Other Minds in Greek Philosophy.Voula Tsouna - 1998 - Phronesis 43 (3):245-263.
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    Doubts About Other Minds and the Science of Physiognomics.Voula Tsouna - 1998 - Classical Quarterly 48 (01):175-.
    Most ancient philosophers found access to the mental states of people other than the perceiver less problematic than the moderns did. But there is evidence, however scarce, that some groups of ancient sceptics raised questions which I shall call, for brevity's sake, doubts about other minds.
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    A Life Worthy of the Gods: The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus (Review).Voula Tsouna - 2010 - American Journal of Philology 131 (2):327-331.
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    Aristo on Arrogance (G.) Ranocchia (ed.) Aristone Sul modo di liberare dalla superbia nel decimo libro De vitiis di Filodemo. (Accademia Toscana di Scienze e Lettere 'La Colombaria'. Studi 237.) Pp. xviii + 436. Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2007. Paper, €58. ISBN: 978-88-222-5625-. [REVIEW]Voula Tsouna - 2010 - The Classical Review 60 (2):387-389.
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    Cyrenaics and Epicureans on Pleasure and the Good Life: The Original Debate and Its Later Revivals.Voula Tsouna - 2016 - In Sharon Weisser & Naly Thaler (eds.), Strategies of Polemics in Greek and Roman Philosophy. Brill. pp. 113-149.
  14. James Warren, Facing Death. Epicurus and His Critics. [REVIEW]Voula Tsouna - 2007 - Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 1:195-202.
    A review of James Warren, Facing Death. Epicurus and his Critics, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2004.
     
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    Mimêsis and the Platonic Dialogue.Voula Tsouna - 2013 - Rhizomata 1 (1):1-29.
    : The Republic is notorious for its attack against poetry and the final eviction of the poets from the ideal city. In both Book III and Book X the argument focuses on the concept of mimêsis, frequently rendered as ‘imitation’, which is partly allowed in Book III but unqualifiedly rejected in Book X. However, several ancient authors view Plato’s dialogues as products of mimêsis and Plato as an imitator. Plato himself acknowledges the mimetic character of his enterprise and invites us (...)
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    Plato's Charmides: An Interpretative Commentary.Voula Tsouna - 2022 - Cambridge University Press.
    The Charmides is a difficult and enigmatic dialogue traditionally considered one of Plato's Socratic dialogues. This book provides a close text commentary on the dialogue which tracks particular motifs throughout. These notably include the characterization of Critias, Charmides, and Socrates; the historical context and subtext, literary features such as irony and foreshadowing; the philosophical context and especially how the dialogue looks back to more traditional Socratic dialogues and forward to dialogues traditionally placed in Plato's middle and late period; and most (...)
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  17. Philodemus on the Therapy of Vice.Voula Tsouna - 2001 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 21:233-258.
     
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  18. Philodemus on the Therapy of Vice.Voula Tsouna - 2001 - In David Sedley (ed.), Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy Volume Xxi: Winter 2001. Clarendon Press.
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    Review of John Dillon, The Heirs of Plato: A Study of the Old Academy (347-274 BC)[REVIEW]Voula Tsouna - 2004 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (3).
  20. The Epicurean Notion of Epibolê.Voula Tsouna - 2021 - Rhizomata 9 (2):179-201.
    The surviving writings of Epicurus and his followers contain several references to epibolê – a puzzling notion that does not receive discussion in the extant Epicurean texts. There is no consensus about what epibolê is, what it is of, and what it operates on and, moreover, its epistemological status is controversial. This article aims to address these issues in both Epicurus and later Epicurean authors. Part One focuses mainly on Epicurus’ Letter to Herodotus, highlights a crucial distinction hitherto unnoticed in (...)
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  21. The Epistemology of the Cyrenaic School.Voula Tsouna - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    The Cyrenaic school was a fourth-century BC philosophical movement, related both to the Socratic tradition and to Greek Scepticism. In ethics, Cyrenaic hedonism can be seen as one of many attempts made by the associates of Socrates and their followers to endorse his ethical outlook and to explore the implications of his method. In epistemology, there are close philosophical links between the Cyrenaics and the Sceptics, both Pyrrhonists and Academics. There are further links with modern philosophy as well, for the (...)
     
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