Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Zamenhofs’ (Misplaced) Faith

LL Zamenhof is the inventor of the most successful artificial tongue on Earth: the international auxiliary language of Esperanto, the same one which has become a viral cultural artifact now in the age of Duolingo–where it is approaching half a million … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Rise of the International Language Esperanto

As the Roman Empire collapsed and slowly became obsolete, its components became increasingly independent of each other and fractured. In the large scheme of things, the exit of Britain from the European Union is beginning to look like one of … Continue reading

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Hume on Epicurean Ethics

Someone in one of our facebook discussion groups recently brought up Hume’s essay titled The Epicurean, which is followed by a portion on Stoicism and seems to conclude that the Stoic approach of pursing “virtue” for the sake of “glory” is a good … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth: Neural Pathways in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura

Happy Twentieth to all the Epicureans everywhere! Today I will share a portion of the Lucretian text that explains the ancients’ conception of neural pathways, the modern confirmation of which sparked the emergence of the scientific field of neuroplasticity, or … Continue reading

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Parallel Sayings: Epicurus and Lucretius

Mind and soul, I say, are held conjoined one with other, And form one single nature of themselves; But chief and regnant through the frame entire Is still that counsel which we call the mind. Lucretius, De Rerum Natura III.136-140 … Continue reading

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Anger, Frank Criticism, and the Orlando Attack

I have been browsing the teachings of our tradition to see what they may have to say about the Orlando attack. Principal Doctrine 39, among other things, recognizes that we can not be everyone’s friend, and that there are people that … Continue reading

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Utilitarian Reasoning IV: Justice and Utility

In our first Utilitarian Reasoning, we saw the clear resonance that Utilitarian conceptions of justice had with Epicurean conceptions of mutual advantage, as presented in the Principal Doctrines. In Mill’s fifth chapter, the subject of justice is revisited, as it … Continue reading

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