In this 2005 book, Tim O'Keefe reconstructs the theory of freedom
of the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-271/0 BCE).
Epicurus' theory has attracted much interest, but our attempts to
understand it have been hampered by reading it anachronistically as
the discovery of the modern problem of free will and determinism.
O'Keefe argues that the sort of freedom which Epicurus wanted to
preserve is significantly different from the 'free will' which
philosophers debate today, and that in its emphasis on rational
action it has much closer affinities with Aristotle's thought than
with current preoccupations. His original and provocative book will
be of interest to a wide range of readers in Hellenistic
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