Category Archives: Books

Happy Twentieth! “Antiquity has never felt so alive”

Happy 20th to Epicureans everywhere! This month Quartz published Hedonism holds the secret to a happier life, but not for the reasons you think. Unfortunately, rather than defending pleasure as an ethical ideal, the piece falls into the “absence of … Continue reading

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Anti-Platonic Passage from RotA

The following is the very amusing anti-Platonic paragraph in chapter 20 of Revolt of the Angels (full review here): “While the little children played at hop-scotch under the Abbey walls our friends the monks devoted themselves to another game equally unprofitable, at which, … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! Lucian’s Aerial Expedition

“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life of a lion or wolf.” – Epicurus This month, the Guardian published The friend effect: … Continue reading

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Revolt of the Angels Book Review

“I have delved deep into Oriental antiquities and also into those of Greece and Rome. I have devoured the works of theologians, philosophers, physicists, geologists, and naturalists. I have learnt. I have thought. I have lost my faith.” – RotA … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Review of Why Buddhism is True

The following is, in part, a book review of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, by Robert Wright. It’s also an Epicurean evaluation of its claims. Many books have come out in recent years proposing … Continue reading

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Happy 20th! On Lucretius and Kingship

Recently, Aaron Alexander Zubia published Jefferson’s ‘Master Epicurus’ and the nature of the American regime in MercatorNet, and a new book titled Lucretius I: An Ontology of Motion (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) was recently published, and is partially available on … Continue reading

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