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My Anthony Bourdain Eulogy

Only wolves and lions eat alone, you should not eat, not even a snack, on your own. – Epicurus For years, millions of viewers shared the pleasures of travel and dining with Anthony and, although he didn’t know them, many of us felt him as … Continue reading

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Three General Points About the Epicurean Canon of Truth

In last week’s discussion of Chapter 8 (Sensations, Anticipations, and Feelings) of Norman DeWitt’s book on Epicurean philosophy, the comment was made that there is likely a lot of confusion about what is meant by the “Canon of Truth.” The … Continue reading

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May the Fourth Be With You!

There’s no mystical energy field controlling MY destiny! – Han Solo Today is Star Wars Day and I’d like to share a story of friendship from the SW canon. There is more than one hero in this classic. At the … 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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Good Bye, Dolores!

In 1994, during the second semester of my first year in college, I made a few of the very significant friends of my youth. One of them, Denise, introduced me to Bjork, Cranes … and The Cranberries … and this–together … Continue reading

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The Puritans: the Seed of America’s Obscurantism

“As children we learned that the Puritans were interested in religious freedom and they certainly were. Another way of looking at them, however, with the history I’ve chronicled, is as the most extreme faction of an extreme faction of an … Continue reading

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Are we all existentialists?

“The tension between (is and ought) is felt much less clearly in real life than at the conceptual level at which most philosophers like to dwell. They feel that we can not reason ourselves from one level to the other, … Continue reading

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