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From Epicurus to Epictetus

A. A. Long

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780199279128
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191706769 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279128.001.0001
From Epicurus to Epictetus

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This book presents eighteen essays on the philosophers and schools of the Hellenistic and Roman periods: Epicureans, Stoics, and Sceptics. The discussion ranges over four centuries of innovative and challenging thought in ethics and politics, psychology, epistemology, and cosmology. The focus is on the distinctive contributions and methodologies of individual thinkers, notably Epicurus, Zeno, Pyrrho, Arcesilaus, Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca, and Epictetus. Placing their philosophy in its cultural context, and considering it in relation to the earlier ideas of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, the author invites readers to imagine themselves choosing between Stoicism and Epicureanism as philosophies of life. All but one of these pieces has been previously published in periodicals or conference volumes, but the author has revised and updated everything, and has also added postscripts to many of the essays.

Keywords: Epicureans; Stoics; Sceptics; Zeno; Pyrrho; Arcesilaus; Lucretius; Cicero; Seneca

Book.  456 pages. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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Hellenistic Ethics as the Art of Life in From Epicurus to Epictetus

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Timon of Phlius: Pyrrhonist and Satirist in From Epicurus to Epictetus

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Arcesilaus in His Time and Place in From Epicurus to Epictetus

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Scepticism About Gods in From Epicurus to Epictetus

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Astrology: Arguments Pro and Contra in From Epicurus to Epictetus

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