Henri Bergson (essay date 1884)
SOURCE: Bergson, Henri. “The Originality of Lucretius as a Philosopher.” In The Philosophy of Poetry: The Genius of Lucretius, edited and translated by Wade Baskin, pp. 65-83. Nedw York: Philosophical Library, 1959.
[In the following excerpt, originally written in 1884, Bergson contends that Lucretius's study and love of nature and its laws helped to make his writings more poetic than those of either Democritus or Epicurus.]
Epicurus borrowed most of his doctrine from the atomists and from the Cyrenaic school.
Atomism, one of the most profound philosophical systems developed in antiquity, was first expounded by Leucippus and his disciple,...
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