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Elachista : la dottrina dei minimi nell'epicureismo : with English summary

Author: Francesco Verde
Publisher: [Leuven, Belgium] : Leuven University Press, ©2013.
Series: Ancient and medieval philosophy., Series 1 ;, 48.
Edition/Format:   Print book : ItalianView all editions and formats
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"The first monograph entirely devoted to the Epicurean doctrine of minimal parts -- The Epicurean doctrine of minimal parts (ta elachista) is a crucial aspect of Epicurus's philosophy and a genuine turning point compared to the ancient atomism of Leucippus and Democritus. This book consists of three chapters: a philological and theoretical analysis of the primary sources (Epicurus and Lucretius) of the doctrine, a
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Epicurus; Epicurus.; Epicurus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francesco Verde
ISBN: 9058679470 9789058679475
OCLC Number: 830021337
Language Note: Summaries in Italian and English.
Description: xii, 440 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Title: Ancient and medieval philosophy., Series 1 ;, 48.
Responsibility: Francesco Verde.

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"The first monograph entirely devoted to the Epicurean doctrine of minimal parts -- The Epicurean doctrine of minimal parts (ta elachista) is a crucial aspect of Epicurus's philosophy and a genuine turning point compared to the ancient atomism of Leucippus and Democritus. This book consists of three chapters: a philological and theoretical analysis of the primary sources (Epicurus and Lucretius) of the doctrine, a reconstruction of its likely historical background (Xenocrates, Aristotle, Diodorus Cronus), and a close examination of the chiefly geometrical development of this theory within the philosophical school of Epicurus. The critical examination of ancient sources (including several Herculaneum Papyri), combined with a careful analysis of the secondary literature, reveals the very significant role played by minimal parts within the Epicurean science of nature. This is the first monograph entirely devoted to the study of this important doctrine in all its historical and theoretical breadth."--Provided by publisher.

"Questo volume esamina la dottrina epicurea dei minimi (ta elachista) che rappresenta un nodo cruciale della filosofia di Epicuro e un autentico punto di svolta rispetto all'atomismo di Leucippo e Democrito. Il libro è organizzato in tre capitoli dedicati rispettivamente: (1) all'analisi filologica e teorica delle fonti primarie (Epicuro e Lucrezio), (2) alla ricostruzione del contesto storico-filosofico a cui la dottrina dei minimi verosimilmente fa riferimento (Senocrate, Aristotele e Diodoro Crono), e, infine, (3) all'approfondimento dello sviluppo della teoria dei minimi in ambito prevalentemente geometrico all'interno della scuola di Epicuro. L'esame critico delle fonti antiche (che riguardano anche alcuni Papiri Ercolanesi), anche attraverso l'attenta analisi della letteratura secondaria, conferma il ruolo decisivo giocato dai minimi nella scienza della natura epicurea. Si tratta della prima monografia interamente consacrata allo studio di questa significativa dottrina in tutta la sua ampiezza storica e teorica."--Provided by publisher.

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