There is a struggle to discern and attain that which is good for the soul. We should be guided by the principle of symmetry or harmony. Human freedom (as exemplified by choice) is central to Democritus’ ethics: “He who chooses the goods of the soul, chooses the more divine; he who chooses the goods of the tabernacle, chooses the human.”
It is unlikely that Democritus recognized the inherent contradiction between the ontological determinism of his atomist-mechanical cosmology and the freedom of his ethical system.
Philosophy: Atomist School3KD McMahon