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Cicero, Letters To Quintus, 2.9.3

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1. Cicero, On The Nature of The Gods, 1.69 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

1.69. This is a very common practice with your school. You advance a paradox, and then, when you want to escape censure, you adduce in support of it some absolute impossibility; so that you would have done better to abandon the point in dispute rather than to offer so shameless a defence. For instance, Epicurus saw that if the atoms travelled downwards by their own weight, we should have no freedom of the will, since the motion of the atoms would be determined by necessity. He therefore invented a device to escape from determinism (the point had apparently escaped the notice of Democritus): he said that the atom while travelling vertically downward by the force of gravity makes a very slight swerve to the side.
2. Lucretius Carus, On The Nature of Things, 1.145, 2.217-2.220, 2.243-2.244, 2.259-2.260, 2.292-2.293 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
atom / atomism Maso (2022) 102
cicero Wardy and Warren (2018) 232
cicero quintus tullius Maso (2022) 102
declinare paululum Maso (2022) 102
epicurus,authority in the de rerum natura Bryan (2018) 232; Wardy and Warren (2018) 232
epicurus,theology Bryan (2018) 232; Wardy and Warren (2018) 232
lucretius,devotion to epicurus Wardy and Warren (2018) 232
lucretius,theology Wardy and Warren (2018) 232
lucretius t. caro Maso (2022) 102
random / randomness Maso (2022) 102
swerve / deviation / clinamen / παρέγκλισις' Maso (2022) 102