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At the same time, he must be careful not to overwhelm or upstage his philosophical presentation with a surplus of brilliant literary devices and gaudy stylistic displays. He reveals himself as a lover of woods, fields, streams, and open spaces, acutely sensitive to the beauties of landscape and the march of seasons. Like his master, he detests war, strife, and social tumult and favors a life quietly devoted to sweet friendship suavis amicitia and intellectual pleasures. Physics, Ethics, and Canonic.

His moral philosophy is a form of hedonism, meaning that it is a system based on the pursuit of pleasure Gr. On the other hand, it is also possible that he was a former slave and freedman of that same noble family. The central principle of the canonic is that our sense data provide a true and accurate picture of external reality. It is generally assumed that the poet, as his name implies, was a member of the aristocratic clan of the Lucretii.

Servilius Glaucia, are murdered. Epicurus, on the other hand, contends that their natural motion is to travel straight downwards at a uniform high velocity. Not surprisingly, as one of the main proponents and principal sources of Epicurean thought, his philosophical influence has also been considerable. As for self-indulgence, he argued that it is better to abstain from coarse or trivial pleasures if they prevent our enjoyment of richer, more satisfying ones.

Reduced to its simplest level, the goal of his teaching was to free humanity from needless cares and anxieties especially the fear of death. Our world, our bodies, our minds are but atoms in motion. In addition to his powerful imagination, his main strength not surprisingly is his verbal skill and force of expression. Instead, it must be understood as an entirely natural phenomenon, the outcome of a random though statistically inevitable and lawful process. The poet explains atomic motion and shapes and argues that the atoms do not have secondary qualities color, smell, heat, moisture, etc.

The world, he argues, was not created by divine intelligence, nor is it imbued with any form of mind or purpose. De Rerum Natura was hardly read and its author had already begun a long, slow descent into philosophical oblivion. In the remainder of the book the poet begins the work of explaining the Epicurean system and refuting the systems of other philosophers.

Lucretius begins this book with another tribute to the genius of Epicurus, whose heroic intellectual achievements, it is argued, exceed even the twelve labors of Hercules. He merely denies that they have any knowledge of or interest in human affairs. The extent of his communication with and influence on his contemporaries, including other Epicurean writers, is not known. As mentioned earlier, it is possible to accept one component of the Epicurean system without necessarily subscribing to the others.

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