Democritus Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Ganson, Todd Stuart. “Democritus against Reducing Sensible Qualities.” Ancient Philosophy 19, No.1 (1999): 201-15.

Examines Democritus's views regarding sensory awareness and contends that they are not those of a reductionist.

Hahm, David E. “Chrysippus' Solution to the Democritean Dilemma of the Cone.” Isis 63, No. 217 (June 1972): 205-20.

Explains how Chrysippus solved a problem posed by Democritus by reformulating it.

McGibbon, Donald. “Pleasure as the ‘Criterion’ in Democritus.” Phronesis 5, No. 2 (1960): 75-77.

Attempts to demonstrate that two statements made by Democritus concerning pleasure are not in conflict with each other.

O'Keefe, Timothy. “The Ontological Status of Sensible Qualities for Democritus and Epicurus.” Ancient Philosophy 17, No. 1 (Spring 1997): 119-34.

Investigates the reasons for Democritus's skepticism and explains how Epicurus modified and improved Democritus's ontology.

Procopé, J. F. “Democritus on Politics and the Care of the Soul.” Classical Quarterly 39, No. 2 (July-December 1989): 307-31.

Examines Democritus's views on government, democracy, the public good, and justice.

Ring, Merrill. “Redoing Science.” In Beginning with the Pre-Socratics, pp. 134-57. Mountain View, Calif.: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1987.

Explains three significant scientific responses, one of which is atomism, to Parmenides's notion concerning the impossibility of change.

Stewart, Zeph. “Democritus and the Cynics.” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 63 (1958): 179-91.

Contends that the fragments of Democritus's writings concerning ethics were preserved by the Cynics and their allies.

Taylor, C. C. W. “Pleasure, Knowledge and Sensation in Democritus.” Phronesis 12, No. 1 (1967): 6-27.

Makes a connection in methodology between Democritus's atomism and his ethical writings.

Vlastos, Gregory. “Ethics and Physics in Democritus.” Philosophical Review 54 (1945): 578-92 and 55 (1946): 53-64.

Examines aspects of Democritus's ethical writings which can be linked to his physics.

Whyte, Lancelot Law. “Atomism.” In Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960, pp. 12-30. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1961.

Provides an overview of the history of atomism.