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References and further reading

  • Aristotle (c. mid 4th century ) Physics, trans. in J. Barnes (ed.) The Complete Works of Aristotle, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984.

    (Book VI, especially chapters 1 and 10, contains challenges to ‘partless’ constituents of magnitude, to which Epicurus seems to be responding.)

  • Asmis, E. (1986) Epicurus’ Scientific Method, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

    (The fullest account of Epicurean epistemology.)

  • Cicero (45) On Ends, trans. H. Rackham in De finibus bonorum et malorum (On the Ends of Good and Evil), Loeb Classical Library, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press and London: Heinemann, 1914.

    (Latin text with English translation; Epicurean ethics is expounded in Book I and criticized in Book II.)

  • Cicero (45) On the Nature of the Gods, trans. H. Rackham, Loeb Classical Library, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press and London: Heinemann, 1933.

    (Latin text with English translation; Book I is a report and critique of Epicurean theology.)

  • Diogenes Laertius (c. early 3rd century ) Lives of the Philosophers, trans. R.D. Hicks, Diogenes Laertius Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Loeb Classical Library, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press and London: Heinemann, 1925, 2 vols.

    (Book X, in volume 2, contains the life of Epicurus, along with complete texts of his three letters and the Key Doctrines.)

  • Festugière, A.J. (1946) Epicure et ses dieux, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France;; trans. C.W. Chilton, Epicurus and his Gods, Oxford: Blackwell, 1955.

    (Brilliant and accessible portrayal of Epicureanism’s philosophical mission.)

  • Furley, D.J. (1967) Two Studies in the Greek Atomists, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Classic investigation of Epicurus’ theories of minima and free will; fairly technical.)

  • Jones, H. (1989) The Epicurean Tradition, London: Duckworth.

    (Useful guide to the influence of Epicureanism in antiquity and after.)

  • Long, A.A. (1974) Hellenistic Philosophy, London: Duckworth.

    (Includes the best introductory account of Epicureanism.)

  • Long, A.A. and Sedley, D.N. (1987) The Hellenistic Philosophers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2 vols.

    (Volume 1 contains translations of the principal texts, with commentary, volume 2 the original Greek and Latin; Epicureanism is in §§4–25.)

  • Lucretius (c. 55) On the Nature of Things, trans. W.H.D. Rouse, Loeb Classical Library, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press and London: Heinemann, 1975.

    (Latin text with English translation, revised by M.F. Smith.)

  • Mitsis, P. (1988) Epicurus’ Ethical Theory, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

    (Lucid philosophical critique.)

  • Philodemus (c. 40) On Signs, ed. P. De Lacy and E. De Lacy, Philodemus on Methods of Inference, Naples: Bibliopolis, 1978.

    (With English translation and notes; a classic record of a Stoic Epicurean debate on scientific inference.)

  • Usener, H. (1887) Epicurea, Stuttgart: Teubner.

    (Still the major collection of Epicurean texts and testimonia, but without translation.)

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