This chapter summarizes and criticizes the principal doctrines of the 5th-century atomists Leucippus and Democritus. Topics discussed are physical principles, chance and necessity, epistemology, psychology, and ethics and politics. The chapter argues against interpretations of Democritus as a sceptic in epistemology, and suggests that in his ethics he is a moderate hedonist who holds that social institutions are developed to promote individual well-being.
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