Happy Twentieth! Some Essays and Updates

In recent months, academia.edu saw the publication of The Epicurean virtue of μεγαλοψυχία (megalopsychia, or magnanimity) by Sean McConnell, as well as Some Epicurean Aspects of Horace’s Upbringing in Satires 1.4, An Epicurean measure of Wealth in Horace and Horace, Ofellus and Philodemus of Gadara in Sermones 2.2, both by Sergio Yona.

At one and the same time we must philosophize, laugh, and manage our household and other business, while never ceasing to proclaim the words of true philosophy. – VS 41

The paper on Ofellus–like one of Philodemus’ scrolls–discusses the calculus of pleasure versus pain in the context of property management, which is consistent with Vatican Saying 41’s doctrine that economic matters must be related to philosophy. It argues that we can draw a specifically Epicurean economic theory from the sources. Ofellus seems to have been a wise old Roman who lost his little farm and praise simple living. He may have studied under Philodemus.

A Brief Dialogue on Duty and Ontology, a Dialogue on Katastematic Pleasure and an essay on Wenham’s diatribe against the standard interpretation of static pleasures were also published in Society of Epicurus.

Yannis Alexandris wrote Epicurean Natural Philosophy Under the Light of Modern Perception (abstract publihed on academia.edu).

Also, if you are a student of Spanish and would enjoy the intellectual challenge of studying Epicurean philosophy in the Spanish language, please know that there is a free, self-paced Epicurean Studies course in the online Escuela de las Indias, which I helped to put together. The course, together with our Sociedad de Amigos de Epicuro page in Spanish and our facebook group, can help Spanish speaking philosophers gain the pleasure of learning EP in association with other Epicureans.

About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' (Humanist Press, 2014), 'How to Live a Good Life' (Penguin Random House, 2020), and Epicurus of Samos – His Philosophy and Life: All the principal Classical texts Compiled and Introduced by Hiram Crespo (Ukemi Audiobooks, 2020). He's the founder of societyofepicurus.com, and has written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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