Epicurus Answers Four of the Great Questions of Human Life
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...[I]t is plain that all right and praiseworthy action has the life of pleasure for its aim. Now inasmuch as the climax or goal or limit of things good (which the Greeks term telos) is that object which is not a means to the attainment of any thing else, while all other things are a means to its attainment, we must allow that the climax of things good is to live agreeably. ("Torquatus" - Cicero's "On Ends" I-XII)
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Episode Ninety Eight of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available, and it is part one of our review of the Epicurean view of Justice as explained by Torquatus. This is an episode you won't want to miss, and we invite you to post comments and questions in the thread so we can address them in future episodes: RE: Episode Ninety-Eight - The Epicurean View of Justice (Part One)
Materiality: Atoms and Void - Properties and Qualities and Emergence
||Epicurean Methods of Reasoning And Determining Truth
||Pleasure As the Highest Good|
Epicurean Gods And Life Elsewhere In The Universe
||(1) The Five Senses
||Virtue As Instrumental To Pleasure|
The Impossibility of Life After Death
||(2) The Feelings of Pleasure and Pain
||The Relationship of Pleasure To Absence of Pain And Disturbance|
The Existence of "the Swerve"
||(3) The Anticipations / Preconceptions
||Emotion In Epicurean Philosophy|
The Universe As Eternal In Time
||The Trustworthiness of the Senses
||Engagement With The Non-Epicurean World|
The Universe As Infinite In Space
||The Significance of "Images"
||Agency / Free Will|
The Universe As Having No Center
||Friendship in Epicurean Philosophy|
The Impossibility of Infinite Divisibility
||Justice in Epicurean Philosophy|
|Dealing With Adversity|
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For one of the best and quickest ways to orient yourself to Epicurean Ethics, especially as to the central role of "Pleasure" (and not "tranquility") as the goal and guide of life, be sure to check out our recording of the longest and most detailed presentation of Epicurean Ethics left to us from the ancient world: the "Torquatus" presentation from Book One of Cicero's "On Ends." One of our regular participants here (Joshua) has graciously recorded this for us, and we think you'll see why this is a great introduction to the big picture of Epicurean Ethics. See the following thread for the latest version and discussion:
For a detailed summary of Epicurean Philosophy assembled from the passages of the ancient texts, see the video below. The text of this narrative is available at the wiki here.
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