English Epicures and Stoics: Ancient Legacies in Early Stuart Culture

  title={English Epicures and Stoics: Ancient Legacies in Early Stuart Culture},
  author={Reid Barbour},
For 17th-century English intellectuals, the ancient Epicureans and Stoics spoke clearly and forcefully to the kinds of problems they most wanted to solve. Whether seeking to define divinity, kingship, nobility or liberty, to determine how people should live, govern, worship, form societies and interpret nature, or to mediate between pleasure and virtue - early Stuart writers time and again adapted and transformed the rival yet crossbred legacies of Epicureanism and Stoicism. In this book, Reid… 

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David Hume Is Pontiff of the World: Thomas Carlyle on Epicureanism, Laissez-Faire, and Public Opinion

  • A. Jordan
  • History
    Journal of British Studies
  • 2017
Abstract Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) is well known as one of the earliest and most vociferous critics of Benthamite utilitarianism. However, Carlyle understood Benthamism as the culmination of a much

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