Chapter

Introduction

Jonathan Goldberg

in The Seeds of Things

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230662
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235827 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230662.003.0001
Introduction

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Lucretius, an Epicurean poet writer, formulated the standpoint that everything that subsists is caused by an uncertain event or luck. Taking off from atomism, he utilizes atoms as “the seeds of things” or the semina rerum. It is reiterated here that Lucretian materialism, though regarded as atheistic, has several proponents like John Milton, St. Augustine, and the like, which will be discussed in the succeeding chapters. The writer's betrothal with his theory accompanies the discussion of gender and sexuality. This section generally provides an overview of the rest of the chapters of the book.

Keywords: Lucretius; Epicurean; atomism; the seeds of things; semina rerum; Lucretian materialism; gender; sexuality

Chapter.  2099 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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