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

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Please join us for the next session of our live chats, during which we will continue to on the Discussion Plan For Chapter 12 "The New Hedonism" (Norman DeWitt's "Epicurus And His Philosophy.  Date and Time to be announced soon after discussion in this thread.


Nate has recently put a tremendous amount of work into revising his "Allegory of the Oasis" graphic. It's now much more useful in talking about basic aspects of Epicurean philosophy. Please let us know if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about it in the thread.


Also, we are continuing our on-line group discussions of Norman DeWitt's Epicurus and His Philosophy. 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. (Note: Chapter 12 is very dense with important material, and will likely take more than one session to complete.)

Rostrum - Announcements And Quick Notes

  • Cassius

    I am switching the "Rostrum" back to visible by everyone so we can use it for global announcements. Unregistered and new users can see this box but cannot post here. Everyone who sees the "write message" box is welcome to post announcements and quick comments or questions here.

  • Cassius

    The discussion of Imagery reminds me that we need to use what we have. I will add the full text of A Few Days in Athens and some Lucian dialogues to the respective forums.

  • Laughing Democritus

    Absolutely! Good to keep the energy up in here! :)

  • Cassius

    Thanks to Laughing Democritus for starting so many threads recently!

  • Cassius

    We now have a collection of graphics for PD1 - time to gather some for PD2! https://www.epicureanfriends.c…egory-image-list/189-pd2/

  • Cassius

    YES LD You get the gold star! I was beginning to think I had this set so no one but me could read it! Thank you!!!!

  • Laughing Democritus

    Gold star!!😀😀😀

  • Cassius

    Please welcome Jasper Sky - Sounds like a great addition, just like Florius Lupus.

  • Cassius

    If you're using the Dashboard, I have removed all fixed text from the top so this page is easier to use to see new things only. Is that an improvement??

  • Cassius

    Okay the first person who is not me who types something here is going to get a gold star.

  • Cassius

    Our "great commission" - VS41. At one and the same time we must philosophize, laugh, and manage our household and other business, while never ceasing to proclaim the words of true philosophy.

  • Cassius

    For example what continues to go through my mind is that we can't reach the full potential of Epicurean philosophy if we don't have an organized campaign to spread the word to new people.

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    This is a good place for posting a comment about a brief idea, or posting a link to an ongoing chain.

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    Anyone who sees this section can post a comment here. Please give it a try when you get a chance.

  • Cassius

    This might be useful for posting brief announcements and messages among us who are regulars. Let's see -- I have a few ideas about how to use it.

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    Let's experiment with this feature for a few days and see if it is useful. People who are not logged in, or who are only "New Participants" cannot see this at all. On the other hand, anyone with permissions higher than "New" can see and add comments here.

  • Cassius

    Next Live Chat to Be Scheduled Soon.

  • Cassius

    Next Live Chat: Saturday, January 19th, at 10:00 AM EST. We'll begin discussing Chapter 12 "The New Hedonism" of DeWitt's "Epicurus and His Philosophy." See discussion outline here: Discussion Plan For Chapter 12 "The New Hedonism" (Norman DeWitt's "Epicurus And His Philosophy")

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    Happy New Year, and May 2019 be the best year for us yet!

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Please note our other ongoing projects: For our latest translations and research into the Doctrines, Sayings, and Letters of Epicurus, check our wiki.


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. If you have time to help in either of these projects, please let us know by posting in the appropriate forum thread. Our latest project is www.EpicureanRadio.com, a streaming service that we hope to expand into a full "Epicurean Radio Station." Check it out in the new subforum devoted to it!


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.


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.


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