From Democritus to Bertrand Russell and Back

André Motte
2019 Peitho Examina Antiqua  
Although Bertrand Russell is probably most famous for his "logi­cal atomism," it is his ethical thought that this article will attempt to contrast with the ethics of the founder of the ancient atomism: Democritus of Abdera. Russell has himself suggested certain affinity here. More concerned with practice than theory, both philosophers advocate a certain teleological and eudemonistic morality; furthermore, they both adopt the same approaches to various related topics. Yet, what had only been
more » ... ined by Democritus was extensively developed by Russell. Hence, it is worth examining whether there is any deeper common ground between the two: can Russell's clarity throw some light on Democritus' fragments?
doi:10.14746/pea.2019.1.8 fatcat:vopefc3kxnernorwrjiohcfc4y