Scomparso in step with secoli dalle biblioteche di letterati e sapienti ostili alle tesi epicuree, e riscoperto solo in pieno Rinascimento grazie a un umanista che ne rinvenne una copia in un monastero tedesco, il De rerum natura, poema filosofico in esametri composto da Lucrezio nel I secolo d.C., è un unicum nella storia della letteratura e del pensiero antico. Si compone di tre coppie di libri che hanno in step with argomento los angeles fisica - il molteplice aggregarsi degli atomi, in un ciclo infinito di nascita e di distruzione - l. a. natura e il cosmo. Ispirato alla tradizione greca di poemi didascalici oggi andati perduti, il De rerum natura è al contempo un'opera letteraria ricca d'immagini evocative, invenzioni linguistiche, picchi lirici e passaggi avvincenti quali l. a. celebre fenomenologia dell'amore e los angeles toccante descrizione della peste di Atene. Il capolavoro di Lucrezio è anche un viaggio iniziatico attraverso gli insegnamenti del maestro Epicuro. Solo conoscendo i principi che regolano l. a. natura e l'uomo, infatti, il saggio potrà raggiungere l'unico traguardo davvero ambito: l. a. prospettiva di prezioso distacco da cui contemplare le cose, libero dai travagli di ogni giorno, con l. a. gioia e il sollievo dell'uomo salvo sulla riva che fissa lo sguardo sul mare in tempesta.
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He constantly urged the disenfranchised among his readers to insist upon popular sovereignty, universal suffrage, and a truly representative government. It was exactly this proposition, that the English nation had the right to create its own constitution, that so frightened Burke and other conservatives. Building on Adam Smith舗s idea of an invisible hand guiding the private acts of men and women to unintended, but beneficent, consequences, Paine in Rights of Man dwelt on the natural sociability of human beings that rendered them cooperative.
It was from the revenues of this rent that Paine projected financing his gift to those passing into adulthood. What The Age of Reason was to religious fidelity, Agrarian Justice was to political and economic orthodoxy. Paine舗s goal was to eliminate existing inequalities in wealth and make the interests of all people converge with those of the nation. Here his peculiar blend of liberal and democratic convictions appears most salient. He believed in economic freedom and limited government. He was no socialist, but his indignation about poverty compelled him to devise ways to invest everyone with some stake in society.
In 1791 he published the first part of Rights of Man (the second appeared in 1792), articulating the political necessity of the revolution in France and calling for the English to establish a constitutional democracy. The pamphlet was wildly successful; in response, in May 1792 the English government charged Paine with seditious libel and issued a warrant for his arrest. Before his case came to trial Paine left for France, never to return to England, where he was tried and convicted of treason in absentia.