Lucretius and the modern interdisciplinary critique of religion

Title: Lucretius and the modern interdisciplinary critique of religion
Author: Franek, Juraj
Source document: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2011, vol. 16, iss. 1, pp. [15]-28
Extent
[15]-28
  • ISSN
    1803-7402 (print)
    2336-4424 (online)
Type: Article
Language
English
License: Not specified license
Abstract(s)
Article compares some aspects of current interdisciplinary discourse critical of religion with Lucretius' poem De rerum natura. In the first part, I try to show how a brief review of modern scientific literature can assist to resolve one of the much discussed problems in Lucretian scholarship, namely the attitude of Lucretius towards traditional Graeco-Roman religion and the question of (in)coherence of his thought. In the second part, I change the perspective in order to show that, in some key aspects, Lucretius can be viewed as the precursor of contemporary critique of religion.