History and Philosophy Of Science | Ancient Natural Philosophy
X556 | 26090 | Carl Pearson
Ancient Natural Philosophy
This seminar will provide an opportunity to study in depth the
physical world-view of the ancient Epicureans and Stoics. The
Epicureans and Stoics developed detailed, materialistic natural
philosophies that would play a key role in the development of the
Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century, although this
class will look at them in their ancient Greek and Roman contexts.
We will read the pre-Socratic fragments of Leukippus and
Democritus, Aristotle’s critique of atomism, Epicurus’ physical
letters, Stoic authors including Epictetus, and Lucretius’ long
natural philosophical poem, On the Nature of Things.