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Second, Third and Fourth Principles of Piety

From Philodemus’ Scroll On Piety Humans imitate the qualities they see in divinity. Therefore, the wise have noble expectations concerning the Gods Worship is an act of self-expression and only benefits the worshiper. It does not necessarily affect the object … 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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“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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Happy Herculaneum Day!

On August 24 of the year 79 of Common Era, the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried in the ash and pyroclastic material produced by the Mt Vesuvius eruption. The 79 eruption is the most famous volcanic eruption in … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! – The Well-Walled Fortress of the Wise

Last Friday I worked my normal 9-to-5 job, after which I worked until after midnight a bartending shift at a wedding that I had accepted some weeks back. I wasn’t crazy about working more than 16 hours, but figured that … Continue reading

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Drag Queens as Laughing Philosophers 

Academia has sold us the idea of philosophy as something so ancient, so irrelevant, and so marginal, that we forget to name our own wisdom traditions and our surrounding pop philosophy, even our ghetto philosophy, when we find it. We sometimes … Continue reading

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Should an Epicurean Humanist Support the #BaltimoreUprising?

I just finished reading Salon.com‘s republishing of an article titled Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy. The piece reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a reader of my book who had … Continue reading

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The 17 Scholarchs and the Empress

The first companions of Epicurus were known as the kathegemones (those who led the way) and were considered members of Epicurus’ philosophical family, his philoi (affiliates or friends). From this initial group, two sets of leaders emerged: we have the Four … Continue reading

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The Philodemus Series

I’ve had an amazingly productive last several weeks thanks to the kindness of the people from the Loyola University library, who allowed me access to very rare books: the translations and commentaries of the Philodemus scrolls. Some of these works … Continue reading

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New Philodemus series at Society of Epicurus

The following are the first two in a series of reasonings based on the writings of 1st Century Epicurean philosopher Philodemus of Gadara, who taught philosophy in Rome and whose scrolls were kept in the Herculaneum and, in the year … Continue reading

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