A. Palmer, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance

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A. Palmer, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Cambridge (MA), 2014.

Éditeur : Harvard University Press
Collection : I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History
416 pages
ISBN : 9780674725577
36 €

After its rediscovery in 1417, Lucretius's Epicurean didactic poem De Rerum Natura threatened to supply radicals and atheists with the one weapon unbelief had lacked in the Middle Ages: good answers. Scholars could now challenge Christian patterns of thought by employing the theory of atomistic physics, a sophisticated system that explained natural phenomena without appeal to divine participation, and argued powerfully against the immortality of the soul, the afterlife, and a creator God.

Source : Harvard University Press


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