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Epicurus: An Introduction


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Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Part I: Epicurus and his Friends; Part II. Canonic: 1. Introduction; 2. Sensation; 3. General concepts; 4. Feelings; 5. Image-making contact of the mind; 6. True and false judgement; Part III. Physics: 1. First principles; 2. Atoms: size and shape; 3. Atoms: weight and movement; 4. 'Parts' of atoms; 5. Secondary qualities; 6. Void; 7. Compounds; 8. Qualities of physical objects; Part IV: Man and the Cosmos; Part V. Soul, Mind and Body: 1. The atomic composition of the soul; 2. Anima and animus; 3. Sensation; 4. Operations of the mind; 5. Will and action; Part VI. Pleasure: 1. The concept of pleasure; 2. The subsidiary role of kinetic pleasure; 3. The limit of pleasure; 4. Condensing pleasure; 5. The selection of pleasures; 6. The role of pleasure in ethics; Part VII: The Problem of Friendship; Part VIII. The Gods and Religion: 1. The existence and structure of the gods; 2. Analogy and insomnia; 3. The life and activities of the gods; 4. Rights religion; Part IX: Postscript; Appendices; Glossary of technical terms; Bibliography; Index.

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