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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.

Happy Twentieth of April! On Conversation

Happy Twentieth to our friends everywhere. The essay An Epicurean Approach to Secularizing Rites of Passage–which seeks to demonstrate how we can purge them of superstition and apply contractarian ideas to them–was just published at, and blogger Eric Barker … Continue reading

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The Havamal on Conversation

The Havamal–a valuable depository of Germanic ancestral wit–has a quite developed wisdom tradition around friendship and conversation. There’s even a word–frith–which denotes the pleasure and comfort that we experience when we enjoy our time among those we love. Stanza 57 … Continue reading

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American Gods: a modern myth

I recently enjoyed the finale of the third season of the series American Gods, after having enjoyed reading the novel many years ago–so long ago that it’s hard for me to remember where the series adaptation took liberties, and where … Continue reading

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Black Orpheus: Some Philosophical Musings

The following essay was inspired, in part, by Jean Paul Sartre’s essay titled “Black Orpheus”, which explores the Négritude movement from an existentialist perspective. The essay helped to inspire the 1959 film Orfeu Negro, as well as a more modern remake … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! Some Thoughts on the Soul

Happy Twentieth to Epicureans everywhere, and Happy World Happiness Day! Today’s Twentieth is peculiar because it is a day set aside to take stock of the things that we have accomplished towards becoming happier, and to take stock of the … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! On the Occasion of the Birth of the Hegemon

Happy Twentieth to Epicureans everywhere. Aeon published an essay on Epistemic well-being which resonates strongly with Epicurean concepts about the utility of knowledge, and at SoFE we published The Four Foods Epicurus Enjoyed and we published a video on frank criticism and … Continue reading

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Happy 20th! The Parables of the Hunter and the Isle of the Blessed

Happy Twentieth to Epicureans everywhere! Some literary updates: A new, English-language Friends of Epicurus Epitome is finally available (only on Kindle for now). Students of Epicurean philosophy in antiquity were known to carry epitomes to help them in their studies. … Continue reading

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Three Kings Day: a Case Study in Filial Piety

The last time I spoke to my parents, my mother mentioned that “God willing”, next year for “Three Kings Day” we should be together if this pandemic has ended. She says she wants to hug everyone. In 2020, I lost … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth of December! – On Sentience

Happy Twentieth to all students of Epicurus everywhere! After a many-year-long wait, philosopher Greg Sadler finally published his Honest Review of Hiram Crespo, Tending The Epicurean Garden. It was mostly a very positive review, which I appreciated. The YouTube channel … Continue reading

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My Favorite Epicurean Songs (mostly in English)

Here is my latest compilation of songs (half in English, others in other languages, or instrumental) that I consider Epicurean, as they are related to holy friendship, happiness, or pleasure. We must start, of course, with That’s what friends are … Continue reading

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