The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature

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The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature (German: Differenz der demokritischen und epikureischen Naturphilosophie) is a book written by German philosopher Karl Marx as his university thesis. Completed in 1841, it was on the basis of this work that he earned his PhD.[1]: 32  The thesis is a comparative study on atomism of Democritus and Epicurus on contingency and dedicated to Marx's friend, mentor, and future father-in-law Ludwig von Westphalen. It was described[by whom?] as "a daring and original piece of work in which Marx set out to show that theology must yield to the superior wisdom of philosophy".[citation needed] His thesis advisor was his fellow Young Hegelian and personal friend, Bruno Bauer.[2]

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  1. ^ Wheen, Francis (1999). Karl Marx. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-1-85702-637-5.
  2. ^ Levine, Norman, Marx's Discourse with Hegel, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, Chapter Three.

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