Welcome Philliped1 !

  • Hi Im Phillip.

    I had to google " who is the greatest poet of epicureanusm".

    Evidently I'm not that well studied on the fine details of epicureanism.

    But I believe I understand the main point epicurus made.

    The perspective I gained from epicurus is... the greatest pursuit of pleasure begins with relieving as much suffering as possible.

    Ever since I found out who epicurus is...Ive made this my mission in life.

    Im a minimalist, who consistently works to keep my life simple...at a manageable level and enjoy the things that truly matter like relationships, good food, and an occasional drink.

    I hope thats enough for the the community.

    Id love to make some like-minded friends.

    Very few people even know who epicurus is, so it's not easy to make friends.

    What does epicureanism mean to you?

    I hope you all are having a wonderful day. Much love. :)


  • Welcome Philliped1! Note: In order to minimize spam registrations, all new registrants must respond in this thread to this welcome message within 72 hours of its posting, or their accounts will be deleted. All that is required is a "Hello!" but of course we hope you will introduce yourselves further and join one or more of our conversations.

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    Please understand that the leaders of this forum are well aware that many fans of Epicurus may have sincerely-held views of what Epicurus taught that are incompatible with the purposes and standards of this forum. This forum is dedicated exclusively to the study and support of people who are committed to classical Epicurean views. As a result, this forum is not for people who seek to mix and match some Epicurean views with positions that are inherently inconsistent with the core teachings of Epicurus.

    All of us who are here have arrived at our respect for Epicurus after long journeys through other philosophies, and we do not demand of others what we were not able to do ourselves. Epicurean philosophy is very different from other viewpoints, and it takes time to understand how deep those differences really are. That's why we have membership levels here at the forum which allow for new participants to discuss and develop their own learning, but it's also why we have standards that will lead in some cases to arguments being limited, and even participants being removed, when the purposes of the community require it. Epicurean philosophy is not inherently democratic, or committed to unlimited free speech, or devoted to any other form of organization other than the pursuit by our community of happy living through the principles of Epicurean philosophy.

    One way you can be most assured of your time here being productive is to tell us a little about yourself and personal your background in reading Epicurean texts. It would also be helpful if you could tell us how you found this forum, and any particular areas of interest that you have which would help us make sure that your questions and thoughts are addressed.

    In that regard we have found over the years that there are a number of key texts and references which most all serious students of Epicurus will want to read and evaluate for themselves. Those include the following.

    1. "Epicurus and His Philosophy" by Norman DeWitt
    2. The Biography of Epicurus by Diogenes Laertius. This includes the surviving letters of Epicurus, including those to Herodotus, Pythocles, and Menoeceus.
    3. "On The Nature of Things" - by Lucretius (a poetic abridgement of Epicurus' "On Nature"
    4. "Epicurus on Pleasure" - By Boris Nikolsky
    5. The chapters on Epicurus in Gosling and Taylor's "The Greeks On Pleasure."
    6. Cicero's "On Ends" - Torquatus Section
    7. Cicero's "On The Nature of the Gods" - Velleius Section
    8. The Inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda - Martin Ferguson Smith translation
    9. A Few Days In Athens" - Frances Wright
    10. Lucian Core Texts on Epicurus: (1) Alexander the Oracle-Monger, (2) Hermotimus
    11. Philodemus "On Methods of Inference" (De Lacy version, including his appendix on relationship of Epicurean canon to Aristotle and other Greeks)
    12. "The Greeks on Pleasure" -Gosling & Taylor Sections on Epicurus, especially the section on katastematic and kinetic pleasure which explains why ultimately this distinction was not of great significance to Epicurus.

    It is by no means essential or required that you have read these texts before participating in the forum, but your understanding of Epicurus will be much enhanced the more of these you have read.

    And time has also indicated to us that if you can find the time to read one book which will best explain classical Epicurean philosophy, as opposed to most modern "eclectic" interpretations of Epicurus, that book is Norman DeWitt's Epicurus And His Philosophy.

    Welcome to the forum!




  • Welcome Phillipe1!

    You are indeed doing it right! We have the standard post which is now pasted above to welcome new users, but I have moved your post into this thread to keep things together.

    There are many ways to interpret certain aspects of Epicurus' teachings, and there are many obstacles to being confident about some of them (especially so many texts were lost!) but that is the purpose of this forum - to allow people to compare notes and discuss and learn as they proceed.

    You have stated your first post in a way that is more focused on minimalism and escaping pain than I think most of us here would say it (most here would say that the focus is always on "the feeling of pleasure" rather than on any particular pleasure or means of achieving it) but most all of us start out having come from different places (from Stoicism, from Buddhism, from standard Christianity) and it takes time to consider and think through what Epicurus was saying.

    So again welcome and we look forward to hearing more from you.