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The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter$
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Ryan J. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416535

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416535.001.0001

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Ethics in the Garden of Epicurus

Ethics in the Garden of Epicurus

(p.210) 5 Ethics in the Garden of Epicurus
The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter

Ryan J. Johnson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter develops an Epicurean-Deleuzean ethics as the articulation of the practice of an immanent naturalism that links ancient atomism to Deleuze by means of a ‘great tradition’ in ethics, following ‘a secret link between Lucretius, Hume, Spinoza, and Nietzsche’. Using Deleuze's formulation of the Nietzschean method of symptomatology, the chapter returns to the concept of the atomic idea. Lucretian atomism, for Deleuze, takes nature to be the object shared by both a speculative and a practical philosophy, and so is a fully affirmative naturalism in both thought and act. Deleuzean-atomic ethics is then an immanent theory that links up directly with the problems or ideas that have been seen, in previous chapters, to operate in metaphysics, physics, and epistemology or sensation. In this way, Deleuze's atomism is a thoroughgoing and affirmative naturalism.

Keywords:   Epicurean-Deleuzean ethics, naturalism, ancient atomism, symptomatology, atomic idea, Lucretian atomism, Deleuzean-atomic ethics, Deleuze's atomism

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