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La peur, passion radicale

Sur l’économie des passions chez Lucrèce

Pierre-Marie Morel
Published Online: 2018-11-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/elen-2018-0017

Abstract

This paper deals with the aetiological aspect of the Epicurean conception of passions. It is argued that the therapy of the soul relies on an overall explanation of the various emotional states, and that fear is at the core of this framework in so far as it is the root of most psychic troubles. The first part deals with fear in the context of the general theory of passions. The second part shows that this basic emotion is the root of injustice and political excessive ambition, in Lucretius’ De rerum natura. The third part puts the emphasis on the role of anxiety in passionate love, in the same text. Fear, in its various forms, appears to be the main cause of a number of pathological emotions. It may be concluded that the Epicurean therapy of emotions, far from dealing with separate passions from case to case, is based on a holistic approach of psychic states.

Keywords: Epicureanism; fear; passions; politics; desire

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Published Online: 2018-11-24

Published in Print: 2018-11-30


Citation Information: Elenchos, Volume 39, Issue 2, Pages 281–299, ISSN (Online) 2037-7177, ISSN (Print) 0392-7342, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/elen-2018-0017.

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