Category Archives: Epicurus

Happy Twentieth! In Defense of Eudaimonia

Peace and Safety to all Epicureans, Neo-Epicureans and kindred spirits! Please don’t forget to join our Garden of Epicurus group on Facebook if you’d like to study Epicurean philosophy with others. On this day, I’d like to defend the concept … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! In Memory of “The Men”

Epicurus will immediately send us as ambassadors Metrodorus, Hermarchus and Polyaenus. – Leontion’s Epistle to Lamia Happy Twentieth to Epicureans everywhere! In his Final Testament, Epicurus stipulated that the feasts on the 20th of every month had to continue in … Continue reading

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My Personal Outline of Epicurean Philosophy

The exercise of creating our own outlines of Epicurean philosophy has great didactic value, as it helps us to assimilate what we’ve learned in philosophy. Epicurus himself encouraged this exercise among his disciples in his epistles. Here is my own … Continue reading

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“I Call You to Constant Pleasures!” – Epicurus

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Tending the Garden with the Youth

I had the great pleasure of discussing Epicurean ethics with a group of about twenty students from the Philosophy Club at Jones High School in Chicago yesterday. After introducing myself and explaining what led me to write Tending the Epicurean Garden, … Continue reading

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Nietzsche and Epicurus, on Autarchy

Noble men despise the praise of the many. – Nietzsche, WtP 783 Avoid petty honors and mistrust all who praise readily: for whoever praises believes he understands what he praises: but to understand is to be equal to. – Nietzsche, … Continue reading

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Nietzsche on Pleasure as Subservient to Power

See Will to Power Reasonings I and II Epicureans have devoted numerous writings in defense of pleasure as the end. One of the central ideas in Epicurean philosophy is that NATURE is the guide, and that when we fail to … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! – “Each One Teach One”

Happy Twentieth of January to all the Epicureans everywhere! The month of January draws its name from the Roman God Janus, of two faces, who stands at the threshold as the Old Year / New Year personified, holding a key to … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! Epicurus on Gratitude

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Epicurean Philosophy group had an interesting conversation about gratitude, and I felt it would be helpful to students of Epicurus if I shared some of the quotes and comments from it. I think it’s pretty clear that gratitude fits easily … Continue reading

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