Some Thoughts on the Epicurean Critique of Mathematics

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Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Vol: 7, Issue: 2, Page: 187-216

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Michael Aristidou
Claremont Colleges Library
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In this paper, we give a comprehensive summary of the discussion on the Epicurean critique of mathematics and in particular of Euclid's geometry. We examine the methodological critique of the Epicureans on mathematics and we assess whether a 'mathematical atomism' was proposed, and its implications. Finally, we examine the Epicurean philosophical stance on mathematics and evaluate whether it was on target or not.