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A life worthy of the gods : the materialist psychology of by Lucretius Carus, Titus; Konstan, David; Epicurus PDF

By Lucretius Carus, Titus; Konstan, David; Epicurus

ISBN-10: 1930972288

ISBN-13: 9781930972285

ISBN-10: 1930972571

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Epicurus, and his Roman disciple Lucretius, held that the first explanation for human disappointment used to be an irrational worry of dying. what's extra, they believed transparent figuring out of the character of the realm might support to do away with this worry; for if we realize that the universe and every thing in it truly is made of atoms and empty house, we'll see that the soul can't probably live to tell the tale the extinction of the physique -- and no damage to us can take place once we die. This freeing perception is on the center of Epicurean treatment. during this publication, Konstan seeks to teach how such fears arose, in line with the Epicureans, and why they persist even in glossy societies. It deals a detailed exam of the elemental ideas of Epicurean psychology: exhibiting how a procedure in line with a materialistic international view may provide a coherent account of irrational anxieties and wishes, and supply a remedy that might let people to get pleasure from lifestyles to the fullest measure

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Disp. 35. 17 On the distinction between joy and pleasure, cf. Purinton 1993: 287–88; I disagree, however, with Purinton’s definition of khara as “the intentional state which has pleasure as its object” (292). 18 Purinton 1993: 288–90 defends the dative (the passage is cited more extensively, with further discussion, in Chapter 4, pp. 131–32). Giannantoni 1984: 28 cites this passage to show that Epicurus “teneva distinte khara e euphrosunê in quanto in moto, da quella condizione catastematica dell’anima (ataraxia) e del corpo (aponia) in cui consiste la vera hêdonê”; I agree, save that hêdonê in the strict sense pertains, I believe, to the non-rational part of the soul.

Aristotle’s definition of fear runs as follows: “let fear be a kind of pain [lupê] or disturbance [tarakhê] deriving from an impression [phantasia] of a future evil that is destructive or painful; for not all evils are feared, for example whether one will be unjust or slow, but as many as are productive of great pain or destruction, and these if they are not distant but rather seem near so as to impend. 5, 1382a21–25; cf. Konstan 2006c: 129–34). 73)—of the nature of an impending evil: that it is indeed harmful or productive of pain.

219 Us. ” It is not clear whether energeia necessarily implies a kinetic joy, unless it serves to dispel fears: even the sage can have this experience by recalling and repeating the lessons learned (126). Prost argues further (127) that there is kinetic pleasure in friendship, insofar as it contributes to a state of ataraxy. 16 Epicurean “Passions” judgment concerning the nature of the object to which it corresponds, or which evokes it. In this sense, fear is very much like an Aristotelian emotion.

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