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Facing Death: Epicurus and his Critics

James Warren

Abstract

A comprehensive study and articulation of the interlocking Epicurean arguments against the fear of death found not only in the writings of Epicurus himself but also in Lucretius' poem De Rerum Natura and in Philodemus' work De Morte. These arguments are central to the Epicurean project of providing ataraxia (tranquillity, freedom from anxiety) and therefore central to an understanding of Epicureanism as a whole. They also offer significant resources for modern discussions of the value of, and possible harm of, death. A number of modern philosophers' criticisms or defences of the Epicureans' vi ... More

Keywords: complete life, death, Epicurus, fear, harm, Lucretius, mortality, Philodemus, post mortem future

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199252893
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199252890.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Warren, author
Faculty of Classics University of Cambridge
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