Write an essay based on the following book:
Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe

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Option 2 – Determinate-ness

In this brief analysis, I attempt to present a reading of Lucretius’ stanza of Bk. V, 181-186 , wherein I take him to be making an argument for the priority of nature – that the highly determinate state of nature points to its being self-contained, itself determining of its aspects, and itself causally explanatory.

One way to read the opening lines of the passage in question is, I think, in terms of an observation and a question - both of which are perhaps easy to formulate yet monumental in their depth and significance. The observation could be taken to be broadly metaphysical while immediately intuitive: the "pattern of creation" is a very specific thing, creation is a...
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