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  • (Quote from waterholic) You are correct that Epicurus rejected strict determinism. A primary point of contention Epicurus had with Democritean atomism was his determinism. If you have not come across it yet, I recommend reading Karl Marx's doctoral dissertation "The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature" which addresses this point: https://archive.org/stream/Mar…osophy_of_Nature_djvu.txt (Marx gets a few things wrong, but it is an interesting and somewhat surprisi…