A Life Worthy of the Gods: The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus

A Life Worthy of the Gods: The Materialist Psychology of Epicurus

David Konstan


Epicurus, and his Roman disciple Lucretius, held that the first explanation for human disappointment was once an irrational worry of demise. what's extra, they believed transparent realizing of the character of the realm could support to do away with this worry; for if we realize that the universe and every little thing in it truly is made from atoms and empty area, we are going to see that the soul can't in all likelihood live to tell the tale the extinction of the body-and no damage to us can happen when we die. This freeing perception is on the middle of Epicurean remedy. during this ebook, Konstan seeks to teach how such fears arose, in response to the Epicureans, and why they persist even in smooth societies. It deals a detailed exam of the fundamental ideas of Epicurean psychology: exhibiting how a approach in keeping with a materialistic global view may supply a coherent account of irrational anxieties and wishes, and supply a treatment that will enable people to take pleasure in lifestyles to the fullest measure.

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