Recent Activities

  • A recurring controversy in Epicurean philosophy is the extent to which it makes sense to be involved in "public affairs." In this thread let's simply set up a reference point to list names, involvement, and references, and later we can compile this…
  • Cassius

    Post
    Yes I agree Hiram. Sort of like we are doing here by setting up discussions here, and articles on our websites, that maybe only a few are reading now, but we can hope will reach others in the future.
  • Cassius

    Like (Post)
    It helps to write essays or 20th messages revolving around a short, concise quote or powerful saying carefully identified from each of the chapters like the ancients did. We should do this with Dewitt. So that these sayings gain power of their own via…
  • Think for a minute about all the specific types of beauty that there is all around us in the word, from sunsets to all sorts of natural and man-made beauty. Then think for a moment about all the specific examples of nastiness, ugliness, death and…
  • Time for a reminder of one of the most precise formulations in the Epicurean texts. The issue is NOT "How do we achieve happiness?" And the reason that's NOT the question is that "happiness" is an ambiguous term that means very different things to…
  • Hiram

    Post
    It helps to write essays or 20th messages revolving around a short, concise quote or powerful saying carefully identified from each of the chapters like the ancients did. We should do this with Dewitt. So that these sayings gain power of their own via…
  • Cassius

    Post
    "Atheism for Epicurus would be at bottom an attack on the reliability of sense perception."

    That's an aggressive way of stating it, but I don't really disagree. Certainly Epicurus wrote (Bailey):


  • Cassius

    Post
    More comments:



    NB: I think it's crucial to deconstruct "belief" as we typically employ it. With respect to Martin K., I think that the "gods" part of his statement is on the money, BUT, "belief" in our society tends to indicate 'faith', with a…
  • Cassius

    Post
    A poster at Facebook wrote on this topic:

    I have wanted to say something since seeing the notification, but did not want to gloss so serious a subject. I have time at the minute though, so here I go!

    Reflex reaction: yes. Dispensing with all talk of…
  • Cassius

    Post
    One more comment. You wrote "I don't want to create a whole new thread just to ask a question but I see no obvious way to ask a new question (like this) in the General focum. Thanks"

    It's possible you are just seeing the way the forum operates, with…
  • Cassius

    Post
    Roger I reviewed the forum permissions, and you should have been able to see a Create Thread button once you went to the General Discussion Forum. Can you check there again and let me know? Thanks!
  • Cassius

    Posted the thread Welcome RogerAlyn!.
    Thread
    Welcome RogerAlyn ! When you get a chance please introduce yourself and let is know about your background in Epicurus and areas of interest. Thank you for joining us!
  • Cassius

    Like (Post)
    I agree. From what I am reading right now they are considered Humanists or like Deists in that they consider there may or may not be gods but that if so, the gods are unconcerned with human affairs.
  • Cassius

    Post
    Hi Roger and thanks for joining us.

    Do you not see an option to start a new thread in the General Discussion setting? Should be a button at the top right of the forum list? I will check forum settings - let me know if you don't see the option.

  • RogerAlyn

    Post
    I'm posting this question here because I can't figure out how to do it anywhere else on the site.

    How do I post to a current forum/thread?
    I don't want to create a whole new thread just to ask a question but I see no obvious way to ask a new question…
  • RogerAlyn

    Post
    I agree. From what I am reading right now they are considered Humanists or like Deists in that they consider there may or may not be gods but that if so, the gods are unconcerned with human affairs.
  • Cassius

    Post
    If I have picked up the right section of the Greek, here is the original and the Bailey translation of the "gods among men" reference:

    pasted-from-clipboard.png
  • Cassius

    Post
    Here we ought to consider whether Epicurus should be thought of as a god himself. In addition to Epicurus' own "gods among men" comment, probably the most important reference is the opening of Lucretius' book 5. Was Lucretius being tongue-in-cheek,…
  • Cassius

    Thread
    Recently (July 7th) MK posted the following as part of a post on whether the Epicureans were in fact "atheists." The part I'd like to focus on is: "The gods are integral to Epicurean ethics as a standard to aspire to of absolute ataraxia." Without…
  • Cassius

    Post
    Yes I agree Hiram. We are aren't talking rocket science here. We're talking simply thinking about the way people generally think in 2018, and applying the lessons that have been in learned in the last 75+ years to the current generation. We know from…