Book Chapter

Epicurus and the Placita

David T Runia

Aëtiana IV Papers of the Melbourne Colloquium on Ancient Doxography | Brill | Published : 2018


The Placita focus primarily on the views of philosophers on the natural world organised by topics and questions, not on the thought of the philosophers themselves. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with looking at the doxai of a particular philosopher in the collection and investigating what these can tell us about his thought. The paper focuses on the doxai of Epicurus, who represents a unique case, because not only does his name-label frequently appear among the doxai, but there is also evidence that he himself made use of an early version of the Placita in his own writings. The first part of the paper thus treats Epicurus in the Placita, examining a large number of features of the occu..

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