Here You Will Do Well To Tarry - Here Our Highest Good Is Pleasure!

Welcome Friends of Epicurus! Please note two ongoing projects:


For the last several months we have had on-line group discussions of Norman DeWitt's Epicurus and His Philosophy. Our last discussion was Saturday September 1 at 6 pm Eastern time in the USA, and the topic was Chapter 11 - "Soul, Sensation, and Mind." Please check this scheduling thread for confirmation of the next time and date for Chapter 12 - "The New Hedonism." The link to the online chat forum is here. Discussion outlines are posted in this section of the forum, and the outline for Chapter 12 will be posted here.


There is also a great need for an authoritative online free edition of Lucretius' On The Nature of Things. At our Wiki page, we have two public domain versions (Munro and Bailey) and we are currently working on adding the 1743 Daniel Browne edition, which has the Latin text on the facing page of the original. In order to allow the reader to crosscheck the English translation, we are cross-referencing each translation the equivalent passage in the Latin text. Once we are complete we will have three good translations for passage-by-passage comparison, which is probably the most helpful way to tease the deeper meaning out of the more difficult sections.


If you have time to help in either of these projects, please let us know by posting in the appropriate forum thread.

EpicureanFriends is the place for friendly discussion of the philosophy of Epicurus. Our goal is to host a warm group of people who are studying and learning about Epicurean philosophy as a way of life, not as a matter of history or for purely academic reasons.


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If you have come across Epicurean philosophy in the past but been confused by commentators who assert - incorrectly - that Epicurus advocated an ascetic or passive lifestyle, you'll want to check out our table of Major Issues In Understanding Epicurean Philosophy. We're glad to help with your study of Epicurus - just ask in the forums! In the meantime, here is the advice of Thomas Jefferson on living an active Epicurean life:


"I take the liberty of observing that you are not a true disciple of our master Epicurus in indulging the indolence to which you say you are yielding. One of his canons, you know, was that “that indulgence which prevents a greater pleasure, or produces a greater pain, is to be avoided.” Your love of repose will lead, in its progress, to a suspension of healthy exercise, a relaxation of mind, an indifference to everything around you, and finally to a debility of body, and hebetude of mind, the farthest of all things from the happiness which the well-regulated indulgences of Epicurus ensure; fortitude, you know is one of his four cardinal virtues. That teaches us to meet and surmount difficulties; not to fly from them, like cowards; and to fly, too, in vain, for they will meet and arrest us at every turn of our road. Weigh this matter well; brace yourself up." - Thomas Jefferson to William Short, October 31, 1819.


For a brief introduction to the views that are discussed on this website, check the video below. We hope you will also review our Community Standards / Terms of Use for registering as a participant here, which also discusses the major characteristics of Epicurean Philosophy:




A Feature of Our Forum - Follow The Advice Of Epicurus: Outline Your Understanding Of Philosophy

Epicurus' Letter to Herodotus: "Those who have made some advance in the survey of the entire system ought to fix in their minds under the principal headings an elementary outline of the whole treatment of the subject. For a comprehensive view is often required, the details but seldom. ... For it is impossible to gather up the results of continuous diligent study of the entirety of things unless we can embrace in short formulas and hold in mind all that might have been accurately expressed even to the minutest detail."


Thomas Jefferson wrote in a private letter "I too am an Epicurean" and drafted his own outline of Epicurean philosophy.  If you'd like to see what Jefferson wrote, and  get help in drafting your own, click here.





For a detailed summary of Epicurean Philosophy assembled from the passages of the ancient texts, see the video below:



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