Category Archives: Philosophy

Not predestined for knowledge

There is a stupid humility that is by no means rare, and those afflicted with it are altogether unfit to become votaries of knowledge. For as soon as a person of this type perceives something striking, he turns on his … 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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The Evolution of Law in Epicurus and Nietzsche

I recently had the pleasure of reading the highly-recommended book by Nietzsche, The Antichrist. Many of its paragraphs merely served to add depth and detail to some of the things I had previously come to understand from reading his notes … Continue reading

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Nietzsche, Against the Moloch of Abstraction

A virtue must be our invention; it must spring out of our personal need and defence. In every other case it is a source of danger. That which does not belong to our life menaces it; a virtue which has its … Continue reading

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My Personal Outline of Epicurean Philosophy

In a recent thread from the Epicurean Friends forum, we were invited to create our own outlines of Epicurean philosophy. The exercise has great didactic value, as it helps us to assimilate what we’ve learned in philosophy. Epicurus himself encouraged … Continue reading

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The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Interview conducted by Patrick de Méritens for Le Figaro, July 27, 2012.Translation: Hiram Crespo. Patrice de Méritens: How was your meeting with Epicurus? Michel Onfray: I met him indirectly through Lucretius, with Lucien Jerphagnon who was my master at the … Continue reading

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“This is How we Create Values”

In his efforts to move the practice of ethics and friendship from the abstract to the concrete, Michel Onfray says: There is no such thing as Friendship, but only proofs of friendship; no Love, but only proofs of love; no … Continue reading

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