Category Archives: Books

Happy Twentieth! In Defense of Pleasure

Happy Twentieth to Epicureans everywhere! Among the good news this month: we deepened our understanding of Diogenes’ Wall and SoFE has a new member, our good friend Jason–who is also, together with Tom of the Epicurus for Modern Times facebook group, one of … Continue reading

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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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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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The Bonobo and the Atheist Book Review

This book review was originally posted in societyofepicurus.com. Today I’m reviewing the amazing book The Bonobo and the Atheist by Dutch anthropologist Frans de Waal. The author takes a soft, humanist approach to atheism and morality, focusing on the study of … Continue reading

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Happy Darwin Day!

Today we celebrate Darwin Day, a holiday that is dedicated to anthropology and meant to encourage appreciation of the natural sciences and the study of nature and of our origins. I decided that I’d like to share some verses from … Continue reading

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RJB VII: The Gospels’ Indictment of Manonism

You can’t serve both God and money! – Jesus of Nazareth Manon is the personification of the demon of greed, as well as the Hebrew word for money. Manonism, or the cult of money, received a theatrical indictment during the … Continue reading

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RJB VI: A Few Problems with the Gospels

A few problems have to be named when reading the Gospels. First, when we study nature, there is no final judgment, no life after death, no god, no hellfire, and also there’s no discourse in the Bible to explain these as metaphors. We are … Continue reading

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