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  • Cassius

    The full text of Episode 61, to be recorded this weekend, has now been posted. This is the long-awaited opening of the section on sex and romantic love which concludes book four. We'll have at least two weeks on this topic - maybe more - but feel free to give us any comments that come to mind and we will try to incorporate them into the discussion: Episode Sixty-One [Pre-Production - The Long Awaited Section on the Perils of Romantic Love]

  • Cassius

    Episode Sixty of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available: RE: Episode Sixty - Dreams and the Mind's Use of Images This one has some challenging discussion on the interaction (or lack thereof) between memory and images, so we especially encourage your listening and participation in the thread.

  • Cassius

    Episode 59 of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available: RE: Episode Fifty-Nine - The Uses Of The Body Were Not Designed Before They Arose

  • Cassius

    Happy Twentieth! And special best wishes to the Eleventh Panhellenic Symposium of Epicurean Philosophy in Athens Greece this weekend: Eleventh Panhellenic Symposium of Epicurean Philosophy 404-happy-twentieth-red-banner

  • Cassius

    Episode Fifty-Eight of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available: RE: Episode Fifty-Eight - The Mind's Direct Receipt of Images

  • Cassius

    Threads and Posts regarding local Epicurean groups and activities are now consolidated here: Local Epicurean Groups and Activities

  • Cassius

    Episode Fifty-Seven of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available: RE: Episode Fifty-Seven - Taste, Smell, and The Subjectivity of the Senses

  • Cassius

    Episode Fifty-Six of The Lucretius Today Podcast is now available: RE: Episode Fifty-Six - More On The Operation of the Senses - Hearing And Taste

  • Cassius

    Episode Fifty-Five of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available. In today's podcast we will continue to discuss how Reason is Dependent on the Senses, and Elayne takes Cicero's Torquatus to task for his position on how best to explain that pleasure is the ultimate good. RE: Episode Fifty-Five - Reason Is Dependent On The Senses (Part 2)

  • Cassius

    Recent discussions here on the group have notched up a level in intensity, and that's great and very motivational. They have prompted me to do a rather massive renovation to simplify the forum structure and make it easier to find key discussions of the most general interest. There is now a "Key Discussions" list here on the home page and on many right sidebars, which should make it easier to find the discussions that focus in on the most fundamental aspects of Epicurean philosophy.

  • Cassius

    Happy Twentieth and Happy Birthday Epicurus! Some people seem to think that there are other things going on tomorrow, but those of us here know that the main event is the Twentieth - this time marking not only the monthly celebration but also the season of Epicurus' birthday as calculated by the ancient Greek calendar. This is a particularly good time to think about applying Epicurus to your own life, and if you have any questions about how to do that, please feel free to ask in this thread. 404-happy-twentieth-red-banner

  • Cassius

    It's Time: Let's go through some less-familiar material, including Philodemus' "On Methods of Inference," and work on reconstructing a closer view of Epicurean attitudes toward Reason, Logic, and Dialectic: Epicurean Logic and Reason: Deriving True Opinion Through Evidence From The Canon of Truth

  • Cassius

    Episode 54 of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available. Today's episode is one of the most significant we have produced, as it dives into the section of Book 4 that explains Epicurus' position on how reason is subordinate to the senses. If you've not listened to any of our podcasts, this would be a good one to try, and if you're following along and thinking about the issues involved, you'll want to listen to this one all the way to the end, which is probably the best part. As always, let us know your comments and questions below. We'll be exploring much the same topic next week, so if you make any comments or ask any questions we will try to address them in next week's episode. RE: Episode Fifty-Four: Reason Is Dependent On The Senses

  • Cassius

    Episode Fifty-Three of the Lucretius Today Podcast Is Now Available: RE: Episode Fifty-Three - The Senses Are Never Deceived, Even By Illusions [Pre-Production]

  • Cassius

    The Lucretius Today podcast we are recording tomorrow contains what is perhaps the most clear statement of the most important aspect of Epicurean Philosophy in regard to knowledge and the relationship of reason to the senses. Please let us know if you have any comments you would like us to consider when we discuss this in the podcast: Episode Fifty-Four: Reason Is Dependent On The Senses [Pre-Production]

  • Cassius

    If you're interested in Epicurean "recruitment" activities, check this thread: Epicurean Recruitment on Social Media Locations Such as Facebook

  • Cassius

    A video worth checking out: "You Have Been Deceived"

  • Cassius

    Episode Fifty-Two of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available: RE: Episode Fifty-Two - More on Light, Vision, and Reflections

  • Cassius

    The text for the upcoming Episode 53 of Lucretius today has now been posted here: Episode Fifty-Three - The Senses Are Never Deceived, Even By Illusions [Pre-Production] This material, and that which will be covered in the next following podcast, is some of the most illuminating material in existence for our understanding of Epicurus viewed reliance on the senses. If you have a change to read and you have comments and questions, please let us know.

  • Cassius

    Elli's recent return to posting reminds me that many of our current members may not have been around when Elli recorded this very Epicurean-sounding poem by C.V. Cavafy. If you haven't heard this, or of the related work "Ithaca," check out this thread: Miris - by Constantine Cavafy - As Read By Elli

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    I generally don't purchase antique / antiquarian books, but several years ago on ebay I saw listed a copy of Lucretius translated by John Mason Goode and published in 1810. The binding and format looked impressive and I had not heard of this edition,…
  • Cassius

    Replied to the thread Are You Epicurean Or Hieronymian?.
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    I don't doubt that that is your understanding at all, as that is the prevailing view in the academic world at large. That's why we're very clear in our terms of service and our welcome post and in the "Not Neo Epicurean Graphic" and…
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    Replied to the thread Are You Epicurean Or Hieronymian?.
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    I am rather surprised to read that commentary, because in my understanding this is a key part of Epicurean philosophy. Interesting how foci tend to be different.

    I really understand your critique on focussing on desires and needs,…
  • Cassius

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    Here's another example of my ongoing dispute with Bailey, from the next page after what is quoted in the last post:




    Why, Mr Bailey, are you so certain that Lucretius / Epicurus chose to "go off into side issues" rather than "the main theory of…
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    Here is side by side comparison of the commentary of Bailey (white, left) vs Munro (colored, right) on this same section. Compare how Bailey categorizes the entire discussion in terms of "thought" while Munro does not mention the words "thought" or…
  • Cassius

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    On the issue of whether this process of working with images is the same or similar to that of preconceptions, it would be good to review Voula Tsouna's article. In posting this today I scanned through it to look for whether it equated image processing…
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    Norman DeWitt: Epicurus On Appearances

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    Article on Epicurus' views on logic / reasoning by Phillip de Lacy:

  • Cassius

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    Diskin Clay on "An Epicurean Interpretation of Dreams. My comment on this one is that Diskin Clay impresses me a lot but I sense a pattern in his writing that he takes a very winding path to get to the important parts of an article. You probably need…
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