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Epicureanism
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A. Concept and general characteristics

The term E. denotes positions aligned with the teachings of the Greek philosopher Epicurus. A distinction must, however, be made between the frequently pejorative use of the term to label ideas athestic, hedonistic and materialistic, and the various forms of reception of the actual teachings of Epicurus in epistemology, natural philosophy and ethics. The Lexikon philosophicum of Johannes Micraelius (1653) identifies the characteristic doctrines of E. as (1) the definition of 'pleasure' (hēdonḗ or térpsis) as the supreme good, prov…

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Weichenhan, Michael (Berlin), “Epicureanism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004859>
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