Monthly Archives: March 2017

Diogenes’ Wall: on Principal Doctrine 20

The flesh receives as unlimited the limits of pleasure; and to provide it requires unlimited time. But the mind, intellectually grasping what the end and limit of the flesh is, and banishing the terrors of the future, procures a complete … Continue reading

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Does Faith Have to be a Bad Word?

I was recently one of the judges in a literary contest organized by the editorial team at Ateistas de Puerto Rico. The contest accepted essays from anywhere in the Spanish speaking world. The original intention was to identify secular and/or atheist intellectuals in Latin … Continue reading

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Diogenes’ Wall: on the Pleasures

In the coming weeks, The Autarkist will be covering in detail some gleanings from Diogenes’ Wall Inscription. Diogenes of Oenoanda was a wealthy Epicurean from the Second Century of Common Era who lived in what is today the south of Turkey. He erected the … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth: Lucretius on Iron and War, and some Updates

Happy Twentieth to Epicureans everywhere! During the month of February in Athens, Epicureans from all over Greece got together for their annual symposium. As is customary, I sent a message of solidarity on behalf of the Friends of Epicurus. Here … Continue reading

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Tending the Garden with the Youth

I had the great pleasure of discussing Epicurean ethics with a group of about twenty students from the Philosophy Club at Jones High School in Chicago yesterday. After introducing myself and explaining what led me to write Tending the Epicurean Garden, … Continue reading

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On the Virtue of Coolness

Coolness is the proper way you represent yourself to a human being. – Robert Farris Thompson A happy life is like neither to a roaring torrent, nor a stagnant pool, but to a placid and crystal stream that flows gently … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Epistle to Peter Carr

After writing my Bonobo and the Atheist book review, a friend pointed out a quote by Jefferson where he also argued that morality is a nstural faculty. Here’s the relevant portion, from his Epistle to Peter Carr: He who made … Continue reading

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