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    Not that it is recommended, but If you happen to be reading through Catherine Wilson's "How To Be An Epicurean" and would like to make notes that you can share here on the forum, check out this blank outline which you can copy and paste into a post of your own: Outlining Catherin Wilson's "How To Be An Epicurean" - A Blank Form

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    Next open call (to continue in DeWitt Chapter 14) will be December 1 (tentatively) epicureanfriends.com/wcf/calendar/index.php?event/606/

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    Remember tomorrow morning is our next open Skye Meeting: epicureanfriends.com/wcf/calendar/index.php?event/605/

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    Please check out Joshua's excellent reading of the opening of Lucretius Book 1, and let us know which "voice" you like the best! Thanks Joshua! Joshua Reads The Opening of Lucretius Book One - 1743 Edition

  • Cassius

    Today we are expanding the subforum space devoted to Catherine Wilson's "Pleasure Principle" and "How To Be An Epicurean." The books were recently released and are being heavily promoted, and we need to have a place to discuss both the good points and the numerous bad points of these books. Please pay special attention to: Responding To Catherine Wilson's Chart Comparing Epicurus To The Stoics

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    One of our regulars here, Charles E., is a frequent use of the "Discord" chat application, and he has set up a new user group for Epicurean discussion which you can find at the link below. If you are a frequent user of "Discord" please check it out. I have signed up myself, however I am spread pretty thin and I am not sure how often I will get there, but I am sure you will find your host there to be very friendly and knowledgeable:https://discord.gg/tXrUYne

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    On 11/3 we continued in Chapter 14, and we will reconvene on 11/10 for a third session on Chapter 14, starting with the "Suavity" subheading. This will be either our last or next-to last episode on the DeWitt book, and then we expect to move to Lucretius. Please join us if you can: Discussion Plan For Chapter 14 "The New Virtues" (Norman DeWitt's "Epicurus And His Philosophy")

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    Please take a look at this list of Recommended Reading, and add your comments on possible additions or changes. We'll then come up with a proposed spreadsheet and suggest that each participant add this to their profile to indicate their reading background: Profile of Past Reading

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    We will return to Skype on November 3 for a "Part 2" of Chapter 14 - "The New Virtues" - Link for the Discussion Plan: Discussion Plan For Chapter 14 "The New Virtues" (Norman DeWitt's "Epicurus And His Philosophy")

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    Please plan to join us for Chapter 14 of the DeWitt book - Sunday morning at 11:00 AM Eastern. Outline is here: Discussion Plan For Chapter 14 "The New Virtues" (Norman DeWitt's "Epicurus And His Philosophy")

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    Prliminary Info About Upcoming Online Discussion Series On Lucretius: Lucretius EpicureanFriends PDF Reference Edition

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    Check out very interesting new post by Garden Dweller: Continuous Life Improvement

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    Important post worthy of discussion: Elayne's An Error-FIlled Video from the Neo-Epicureans: Office Space

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    Reminder: Skype call Sunday re Chapter 12 of EAHP - Join us if you can!

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    New Posting Rule: 5) Do not create posts composed of nothing other than links. See explanation here: Our Posting PolicIes At EpicureanFriends.com: No Partisan Politics; No Supernatural Religion; Follow The Community Standards

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    We had another great Skype call on 9/8. Our next will be 9/22 and we will finish Chapter 12 starting with "Pleasure Can Be Continuous"

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    Inspired by the considerations on the Epicurean friendship of Phillp Mithis in the book "The Ethical Theory of Epicurus - The pleasures of Invulnerability," I want to summarize the thought of Epicurus on friendship, trying to use his own words as much as possible, and adding mine where necessary. I am indebted to Carlo Diano because his thematic collection of Epicurus's maxims was essential. The first Epicurean festival, whose general theme was about friendship, was also very useful.

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    [Cassius: I write the following article clearly stating that it is my own personal opinion, without representation that it is or should be "the Epicurean position." I do not believe that I or anyone else has the ability to say what political positions every person applying Epicurean principles will take, and indeed that is the point of this article. I am writing this mainly to those of us who consider

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    The following is a short summary of principles which are important for understanding Epicurus and participating in discussion at the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Group. It is not intended to address all aspects of Epicurean philosophy. As time allows we will supplement the citations below with more citations and explanatory articles.


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    On Pain, Pleasure, and Happiness

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    Hi to all the epicurean friends ,


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    Source for the following article:  Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

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    Epicurean Influences On The Enlightenment

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    In 1453 the Ottomans conquered Constantinople by abolishing the Eastern Roman Empire, a fact which had a significant impact on the rest of Christian Europe. One of the most important impacts was that the Ottomans became masters of Silk Road, the land route that united Medieval Europe with East Asia, and especially with India and China. This resulted

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    The Epicurean Viewpoint

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    Now I ask you: what is the “Epicurean Viewpoint”?


    - It is the view that we gain from looking through the Canon of Epicurus.

    - If our viewpoint was gained through the Platonic Dialectic, it would have been a Platonic view.

    - And if our viewpoint came through the use of Dialectical Materialism, it would be a Marxist view.

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    Major Controversies In Understanding Epicurean Philosophy


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