Lucretius the Epicurean

If you have been following Mike’s Sunday Science Poem series, you know that we are fans of Lucretius. Lucretius was a Roman poet and philosopher in the first century BC. He is famous for his only extant work De Rerum NaturaThe Nature of Things, covering many topics near and dear to the hearts of modern scientists.

I am also a fan of the podcast History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps by Peter Adamson at King’s College London and LMU Munchen. Lucretius was an Epicurean, which is one of the many schools of philosophy covered. It may not be a replacement for studying philosophy in school, but listening to episodes 55-59 (including an episode on Lucretius himself) will help you understand the philosophical paradigm Lucretius was using when he wrote his great poem, especially when you are reading Mike’s series of posts on Lucretius:

Sunday Poem

Sunday Science Poem: The Epicurean Theory of Vision, and Bedwetting in Ancient Rome

Sunday Science Poem: Why You Should Read Lucretius

Lucretius Did Not Believe in Non-Overlapping Magisteria

Lucretius and The Fear of Death

There is Grandeur in Lucretius’ View of Life

Lucretius: Lightning is Not a Means of Divine Communication


Author: Josh Witten

3 thoughts on “Lucretius the Epicurean”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: