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Welcome to our Online Community of Epicureans, the home of Classical Epicurean Philosophy, uncorrupted by Platonism and Stoicism. Here we study Epicurus, apply Epicurean philosophy to our own lives, and "strike a blow for Epicurus, that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him."


Our website is primarily a discussion forum where students of Epicurean philosophy communicate among themselves. Most pages are organized around specific topics, in addition to which we have an ever-increasing number of graphics, files, and other resources to assist you in your study. All are welcome to read the forums and apply for membership, but only friends of Epicurean Philosophy in accord with our Not Neo-Epicurean, But Epicurean and our Posting Policy statements are granted full posting privileges.


There are many places on the internet where other philosophies can be studied, but few if any which are dedicated exclusively to Epicurus. We work hard to keep the forum both friendly to all but also firmly Epicurean, so if you are looking for a truly supportive community of Epicurean Friends, you've come to the right place. For an audio sample of the friendly and supportive atmosphere we try to cultivate, check out one of our recent Lucretius Today podcasts.


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    I’m starting to become a closet opera fan and my gateway performer is Pavarotti. I’ve always loved and appreciated many pieces of classical music, but I typically avoided opera, but I truly see why people loved Luciano Pavarotti. I hope this brings you as much pleasure as it does me.


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    Renowned Italian tenor Pavarotti (1935–2007) sings the aria from the final act of Puccini's opera…
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    This is a cool section! I like the option for off the cuff comments! 😁

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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)

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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:

Foundations of Epicurean Philosophy

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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Nate's Allegory of the Oasis

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The Full Cup / Fullness of Pleasure Non-Ascetic Model of Epicurean Pleasure