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  • (Quote from Hiram) Hiram so you are saying that as far as you can tell La Mettrie did not have access to Diogenes Laertius? If I recall correctly much of Gassendi was based on Diogenes Laertius, so that would seem unlikely, but maybe so, as I am totally unfamiliar with his writing. I know Dewitt argues that anticipations are hardly mentioned, if at all, in Lucretius, so if La Mettrie was not incorporating what Diogenes Laertius had to say, and what Cicero has Velleuis say about anticipations in …
  • This is the kind of research that takes time and lots of effort to pursue, so maybe over time we can figure it out. I think it's pretty clear that the Epicurean material in Cicero's "On Ends" and "On the Nature of the Gods" was probably never lost to the world for any considerable length of time, and I get the impression that Diogenes Laertius, which has the bulk of the core stuff, was generally available too. We seem to get the impression in talking about the recovery of Lucretius that the atom…
  • Thanks! Lots of good points for research in there!