FIfth, Sixth, and Seventh Principle of Piety

From Philodemus’ Scroll On Piety

Worship affects reality because it affects character

Piety is a sort of art of divine attunement with the philosophical virtues that produces wholesome, blessed, blissful, therapeutic states of mind

Epicurean doctrines are considered the true cause of our tranquility

Piety According to the Epicurean Sources

In On Holiness, he (Epicurus) calls a life of perfection the most pleasant and most blessed, and instructs us to guide against all defilement, with our intellect comprehensively viewing the best psychosomatic dispositions for the sake of fitting all that happens to us to blessedness– Philodemus of Gadara

… for every wise man holds pure and holy beliefs about the Divine. – Epicurus

Piety and justice appear to be almost the same thing … because to break one’s oath is to be unjust and also to lie, and both are disturbing. – Philodemus of Gadara

… poets and theologians are praised by our attackers … The false views of poets don’t lead to virtuous or happy lives …Impious is not so much the man who denies the Gods of the many as the man who attributes the beliefs of the many to them. – Philodemus of Gadara

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, 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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1 Response to FIfth, Sixth, and Seventh Principle of Piety

  1. What did Epicurus take ‘the Divine’ to be?


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