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Dynamic Reading examines the reception history of Epicurean philosophy through a series of eleven case studies, which range chronologically from the latter days of the Roman Republic to late twentieth-century France and America. Rather than attempting to separate an original Epicureanism from its later readings and misreadings, this collection studies the philosophy together with its subsequent reception, focusing in particular on the ways in which it has provided terms and conceptual tools for defining how we read and respond to texts, artwork, and the world more generally. Whether it helps us to characterize the "swerviness" of literary influence, the transformative effects of philosophy, or the "events" that shape history, Epicureanism has been a dynamic force in the intellectual history of the West. These essays seek to capture some of that dynamism.

About the Author

Brooke Holmes is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University.

W. H. Shearin is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Miami.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Brooke Holmes and W. H. Shearin

1. Haunting Nepos: Atticus and the Performance of Roman Epicurean Death, W. H. Shearin

2. Epicurus's Mistresses: Pleasure, Authority, and Gender in the Reception of the Kuriai Doxai in the Second Sophistic, Richard Fletcher

3. Reading for Pleasure: Disaster and Digression in the First Renaissance Commentary on Lucretius, Gerard Passannante

4. Discourse ex nihilo: Epicurus and Lucretius in Sixteenth-century England, Adam Rzepka

5. Engendering Modernity: Epicurean Women from Lucretius to Rousseau, Natania Meeker

6. Oscillate and Reflect: La Mettrie, Materialist Physiology, and the Revival of the Epicurean Canonic, James Steintrager

7. Sensual Idealism: The Spirit of Epicurus and the Politics of Finitude in Kant and Hölderlin, Anthony Adler

8. The Sublime, Today?, Glenn Most

9. From Heresy to Nature: Leo Strauss's History of Modern Epicureanism, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft

10. Epicurean Presences in Foucault's The Hermeneutics of the Subject, Alain Gigandet

11. Deleuze, Lucretius, and the Simulacrum of Naturalism, Brooke Holmes

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780199794959
Author:
Holmes, Brooke
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Shearin, W. H.
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Classical Studies | Ancient Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 illus.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
5.9 x 8.4 x 1.4 in 1.35 lb

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