I just received this link and have not had a chance to read it but the topic seems fascinating ("The Epicurean Critique of Mathematics") and it comes to us through our friends in Greece. Please read and comment when you can either here or at the Facebook group! http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol7/iss2/9/
Update: There's a lot of good information in this article that will be helpful for anyone who wants to read up on the subject. However after finishing it I am sorry to conclude
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This is a tardy call to attention of a translation of an important Greek work by Dimitris Liantinis, prepared by a participant of the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook group, Yiannis Tsapras). Liantinis can be dense to read, but he falls generally into the Nietzschean tradition with commentary that is often consistent with Epicurus (though I see Epicurus is cited only a few times here). Liantinis had great critical insight into how the Greco-Roman world…
By Cassius Amicuson July 6, 2017
July 6, 2017 - I hope to come back to this review and add more detail, but I have now finished reading the book and I don't want to let more time go past without adding my commentary. There are very few books available which convey an accurate and positive summary of Epicurean philosophy and its…
"When the Gospel of Minimalism Collides With Daily Life" New York Times: ".... But those who have tried the minimalist way have found that it’s not always as satisfying as design websites and tiny-house blogs insist. For some people, purging did not bring Shangri-La. Like most things, living minimally is more complicated than it may seem. In fact, some people found that their compact homes and minimalist manifestoes came with different challenges, and that the trade-offs were not always…
"On Epicurean Extremes" Epicurean Philosophy is a subtle one. Its meant to be a guide to life, and since human existence is a really complex issue, the philosophy has to be as well. There are very few black-and-white issues in the system. It's not even a question of grays. Epicurean Philosophy is a rainbow. On the surface, things seem rather easy. Pleasure, good; Pain, bad. But... and there is always a but... but almost immediately, questions arise. What kinds of pleasures are good. Whose…
06/28/17 This is just a reminder that an "index" to major posts at the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook page is available here at the EF Wiki. Due to space and time constraints this list does not include every post, but is intended to catch posts with significant original content, and especially those where the discussion goes into detail about a point that might be useful for reference later. If you happen to see a post missing that you would like to see added, just let Cassius know by email…
Epicurean philosophy is best known for its advocacy of “Pleasure” as the guide to life. Epicurus taught that Nature endows humans (and all animate beings) with a faculty of perceiving feelings either of pleasure and pain. There is no natural faculty for directly perceiving “good” and “bad,” “right” and “wrong,” “holy” and “evil,” or even “indifferent.” The only guide to living with…
06/21/17 - The following is excerpted from two posts on the Facebook Group:…
I continue to believe that formulations of ataraxia that imply that passivity (all we have to do is suppress pain) is sufficient are overly broad and play into the hand of stoic thinkers, needlessly ceding ground to them that is not theirs to claim. In a total quantify of experience, suppressing pain does not magically equate to pleasure itself without further action, else death would be the equivalent of the best life.
06/20/17 - In order to provide maximum flexibility and ease of use in documenting core materials, content is being moved from the Epicureandocs.com website over to the EpicureanFriends Wiki. Epicureandocs.com will remain online and the existing content will remain available, but primary links should be moved over to the Wiki website where the most recent updates will be available. If anyone has any issues with format or usability of the Wiki format, please let me know.
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In a recent conversation to the Garden of Thessaloniki, a question was raised whether the Epicureans could participate as a party to the political scene of the Country. The friend George Kaplanis replied that this could not be done, because Epicurean philosophy is not an ideology, and as a philosophy is or should be in the background of politics, in the same way that philosophy, although not a science, is in the background of all sciences.
If philosophy provides science with the method of…
The purpose of this proposition is a brief introduction to the Canon of Epicurus that will help us to use it in our everyday life. There are, of course, studies on logical issues, which are very advanced and are based on studies of brain function, mathematical formulas etc. These are extremely important issues, but we, who do not study Logic in universities, should have help in our everyday life on this field.
When we were at school, we used to call as Canon the ruler that helped us to draw a…
For the 6th Panhellenic Symposium of Epicurean Philosophy that was held by the Epicurean Gardens of Athens and Thessaloniki, February 2018
1. (OPENING - TWO MINUTES VIDEO WITH FAVORITE MELODIES)
I wonder how one starts up an online communication and how he can introduce himself...
You Tarzan, me Jane ! Primitive stuff…
You an American, me an Hellene ! Nationalities, countries, races, origins, roots ... tangle!
You Cassius, me Elli. OK, some nicknames or names… so what ??
How do you do…
"Free will in Epicurean Philosophy"
We often confuse the issue of the possibility of free will exercising with the issue of its existence. When we are unable to exercise it we say with sloppiness that it does not exist. This "I want but I can’t or I don’t want but I am forced" puts into testing our individual self-esteem. But any coercion and enforcement exists precisely because there is free will and some of the people have the power to exercise it, usually at…
Hi to all the epicurean friends ,
To a Greek website called as "psychology now. gr" I found an interesting article that I translated into english.
Since 2012 Nordic countries have been ranked steadily as the happiest countries in the world, and there are not just a few times when other countries are often look to them for guidance when it comes to nurturing the well-being of their people. But are the Scandinavians the happier people indeed?
A recent study overturns what we have known till…