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The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition

Gerard Passannante


This book offers a radical rethinking of a familiar narrative: the rise of materialism in early modern Europe. It begins by taking up the ancient philosophical notion that the world is composed of two fundamental opposites: atoms, as the philosopher Epicurus theorized, intrinsically unchangeable and moving about the void; and the void itself, or nothingness. The book considers the fact that this strain of ancient Greek philosophy survived and was transmitted to the Renaissance primarily by means of a poem that had seemingly been lost—a poem insisting that the letters of the alphabet are like t ... More

Keywords: materialism, early modern Europe, atoms, Epicurus, void, ancient Greek philosophy, Renaissance, alphabet, Lucretius, Scientific Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226648491
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226648514.001.0001


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Gerard Passannante, author

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