De rerum natura

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  • Plato 's Views On Death And The Afterlife

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    the Apology by Plato setting in 399 BCE and De Rerum Natura by Titus Lucretius 300 years later. Titus Lucretius, an atheist or agnostic Roman poet and philosopher inspired by the works of Epicurus. Lucretius believed in the theory of atomism which lead to materialistic thinking and how atomism affects how one should view the purpose of life especially at the end of one’s life. Lucretius has written his thoughts on death at Book III of De Rerum Natura – the translation used is by Rolfe Humphries

  • Lucretius' Soul Theory Essay

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    In his only extant work, the poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), Epicurean author Titus Lucretius Carus writes of the soul as being inseparable from the corporeal body. This view, although controversial in its opposition to the traditional concept of a discrete, immortal soul, is nevertheless more than a mere novelty. The argument that Lucretius makes for the soul being an emergent property of interactions between physical particles is in fact more compelling and well-supported now than

  • Matsuo Basho

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    Before the scientific revolution, controversy, alienation, and even imprisonment was what many new developing thinkers faced. Proposed ideas that challenged the teachings of the churches sparked controversy. Their early negative response has since then led many to believe religion clashes with science and obstructs the understanding of the natural world. However, faith and knowledge have been wrongly separated into two different groups and their cohesiveness has been over looked. This will be examined

  • What Is The Reflection Of Lucretius's On The Nature Of Things

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    In his work, On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura), Lucretius sought to address “superstitious fears and unscientific notions” that were embedded in his state’s (Rome) religion (450). He recalls the story of King Agamemnon having to sacrifice his daughter to appease Artemis. Upon this recollection, he makes the claim that religion is wicked. However, unlike Lucretius’s belief, true religious faithfulness, as it relates to the Biblical God, does not lead to wickedness, but rather offers redemption

  • The On The Nature Of Things

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    On the Nature of Things, known also by its original Latin title De Rerum Natura, is a 1st century B.C. poem written by the Roman poet and philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus. The poem was written with the purpose of explaining the philosophy of the ancient Greek philosopher, Epicurus, to the common Roman audience of the time. Lucretius was born c. 99 B.C. and died around 55 B.C. Lucretius was a follower of Epicureanism. This philosophy sought to refute myth and legends that gods were responsible for

  • Burke's Nakedness Of Adam And Eve

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    Eve’s portrayal of nakedness after being expelled from Eden is that it serves a purpose beyond the fall of man. An array of various classical texts, Vitruvius On Architecture (c. 15th), Diodorus’ Library of History (Latin: 1450) and Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura (Bracciolini: 1417) which described early human development as naked, wretched and animalistic supports an argument for ‘symbolic

  • Analyzing Lucretius ' Symmetry Argument

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    This paper will analyze Lucretius’ symmetry argument in De Rerum Natura, and draw evidence in its conclusion that supports the Epicurean notion, of the nature of nothingness in death. In Epicurus’ “Letter to Menoeceus”, he argues that death is nothing to us and thus should not be feared. Epicurus’ views on death follow from his metaphysical and ethical views. He believed that the goodness or badness of something was directly correlated to its tendency to produce pleasure or pain. Death was simply

  • Lucretius And Aquinas

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    ‘Something rather than nothing refers to’ the cosmological argument for the existence of God claiming that all things in nature; ‘something’ are dependent on something else for their existence. As Lucretius puts it in his first book De Rerum Natura, “by observing nature and her laws…her first principle: that nothing’s brought forth by any supernatural power out of naught” hence we arrive at nihil fit ex nihilo ‘nothing comes from nothing’ Therefore, this something must have caused. It would however

  • The Epicureans By Their Writings Have Seized The Whole Of Italy

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    Mitchol Dunham Master Katy Chenoweth Classical Humanities 2200 30 July 2015 In the Tusculan Disputations, Cicero wrote “The Epicureans by their writings have seized the whole of Italy.” Indeed, this often neglected or dismissed branch of philosophy played a great role in the development of the culture of Rome through the late Republican period. It can prove difficult to find examples of noteworthy Epicureans holding political office compared with their polemic counterparts, the Stoics, largely because

  • A Hunting Scene Meaning

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    personally one of my favorite time periods for art and literature by Cosimo an artist from Florence, Italy. According to the description of the painting, “this painting is inspired by, the fifth book of the De Rerum Natura by the Epicurean poet and philosopher Lucretius”. But also by Vitruvius’s De Architectura libri decem