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The Epicurean in Elias

Evers, B. (2013) The Epicurean in Elias. In: Dépelteau, F. and Landinni, T.S., (eds.) Norbert Elias and Social Theory. Palgrave Macmillan US, pp. 63-74.

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This chapter focuses on comparisons between some of the strands within Epicurean thinking, most notably ideas underlying the nature of human beings (secular individualism) and those of Norbert Elias, particularly his thinking on habitus and figurations informing his notion of homines aperti, or “open people.” An exploration of these threads within Epicurean thinking in relation to Elias’s sociological theory may help toward a better understanding of Elias’s intellectual debt.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright: François Dépelteau and Tatiana Savoia Landini
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