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 Natura – The 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 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
3 thoughts on “Lucretius the Epicurean”
Thanks very much for the kind words about the podcast! I love Lucretius too, the combination of interesting philosophy and poetic imagery is hard to beat.
That looks like an interesting website, thanks for adding it in, I’ll have to check it out!