Epicurus Answers Four of the Great Questions of Human Life
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The truth of the position that pleasure is the ultimate good will most readily appear from the following illustration: Let us imagine a man living in the continuous enjoyment of numerous and vivid pleasures alike of body and of mind, undisturbed either by the presence or by the prospect of pain: what possible state of existence could we describe as being more excellent or more desirable? One so situated must possess in the first place a strength of mind that is proof against all fear of death or of pain; he will know that death means complete unconsciousness, and that pain is generally light if long and short if strong, so that its intensity is compensated by brief duration and its continuance by diminishing severity. Let such a man moreover have no dread of any supernatural power; let him never suffer the pleasures of the past to fade away, but constantly renew their enjoyment in recollection, and his lot will be one which will not admit of further improvement. ("Torquatus" - Cicero's "On Ends" I-XII-40)
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Episode 92 of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available: RE: Episode Ninety-Two - The Plague of Athens, and the End of the Poem
Ok before I start circulating this link to the world and only afterwards find some fatal flaw, please have a look at Release Candidate One of the Propositional Logic video featuring Martin's presentation from September 20, 2021. The formal presentation begins at 4:20. If you would like to skip the formal part and go straight to the conclusion and the panel discussion, skip to 44:00. Please leave comments in the thread here at Epicureanfriends.com: RE: Propositional Logic, Truth Tables, and Epicurus' Objection to "Dialectic"
Somehow I missed the news that Nate had updated and uploaded his list of alternative translations of the PD's. Thanks Nate! Here it is: KURIAI DOXAI, a Compilation of Translations by Nathan H. Bartman (2021)
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|
Epicurus Breaking the Chains of Religion - By David Baldoni
Not Neo-Epicurean, But Epicurean
Autun mosaic from The House of the Greek Authors, Musée Rolin
On Living Unknown While Locating Your School In A High Traffic Area
Epicurus Greece Stamp 2019
Plato's Metaphysical Contradiction
Plato's Distracted Boyfriend
Concepts As Black As Hell
PD9 - Just As All Colors Are Colorful
Principal Doctrine Six
PD3 - The Fullness of Pleasure Model
Even Though Plato And The Stoics Talk A Great Deal Of Nonsense About The Subject
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