Epicurus: Freedom, Death, and Hedonism

Phillip Mitsis

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199545971
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Epicurus: Freedom, Death, and Hedonism

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This chapter begins with an Epicurean account of freedom of choice, which illustrates some of the larger contours of Plato's ethical aims in the context of his materialism. It also serves as a salient point of departure for gauging the overall plausibility of his general project of ‘naturalizing reason’, to use a contemporary slogan Epicurus might well have endorsed. The discussions then turn to Epicurus's claims about death and pleasure.

Keywords: Epicurus; freedom of choice; ethics; materialism; death; pleasure

Article.  11296 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Classical Philosophy

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