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    Episode 13 of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available. In this episode, we discuss how Lucretius explains the Epicurean analysis of the things we experience as either being properties or qualities of the bodies that arise from combinations of atoms. We'll discuss how we use this knowledge to come to an understanding of how human experiences are subjective, while the atoms themselves exist independently of our experience. And we'll apply this perspective to analyzing how human events such as the Trojan War, no matter how significant, do not have an eternal separate existence of their own. Episode Thirteen - Properties, Qualities, And the Trojan War [Pre-Production]

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    I hope to use extra free time during the Coronavirus period to continue to add to our material on Lucretius and basics of Epicurean philosophy. Please check out two new quizzes added today: https://www.epicureanfriends.com/wcf/index.php?quiz/

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    3D Printing: I thought we already had a thread on this topic but perhaps not. We really need to develop "meshes" and other resources (preferably free) where people can print at home 3d busts of the Founders, of the Leaping Pig, and Similar Objects. Here is a new subforum and initial thread thanks to Joshua, Godfrey, and Charles: Getting Started - Initial Thoughts on 3D Printing

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    Episode Twelve of Lucretius Today is Now Online: Episode Twelve - The Lucretius Podcast Let us know your comments and questions and suggestions!

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    Important Post From Elli: The Breakdown Of Our Modern Societies!

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    Episode Eleven of Lucretius Today is Now Online: Episode Eleven - The Lucretius Today Podcast. This is one of our best, so if you've not listened in the past, or would like to send a sample episode to a friend, consider this one!

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    Just taking a moment to single out Eugenios to thank him for his many recent great posts discussing details of Epicurean thought. Posts like that are what the forum are all about, and we encourage everyone to look through the forum structure and start conversations on any of the topics you find interesting. There's no better way to improve our own understanding and help others with theirs than to post your questions or thoughts about what something means. If you have extra free time during the Covid situation, please don't hesitate to post.

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    If anyone in the group contracts Covid19 themselves, please use this thread to keep us posted and let us know how you are doing. If you are taking precautions that might be of interest, let us know that too!:Coronavirus - Epicurean World Report!

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    Episode Ten of the Lucretius Today Podcast Is Now Available: Episode Ten - The Lucretius Today Podcast

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    Worth Reading: New Article On Covid-19 And Lucretius By Stephen Greenblatt: On Covid19 And Ruthlessly Taking The Measure Of Our Values (New York Times Article)

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    Everyone stay safe and act prudently during the Covid19 affair!

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    As per recent announcements, today (3/13/20) further automatic posting requirements are being put into effect to implement the forum policy that "All are welcome to read and ask questions, but only firm friends of Epicurean Philosophy in accord with our Not Neo-Epicurean, But Epicurean statement and our Posting Policy statement are granted full posting privileges, so here you will find a truly supportive community of Epicurean Friends." If you run into any issues because of this please email me at Cassius@Epicureanfriends.com

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    Episode Nine of the Lucretius Today Podcast Is Now Available: Episode Nine - The Lucretius Today Podcast

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    Please join me in extending a special warm welcome to the forum of the daughter of Amrinder Singh - our departed friend who left us three years ago as of March 10! In Memory of Amrinder Singh

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    Episode Eight of the Lucretius Today Podcast Is Now Available: Episode Eight - The Lucretius Podcast

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    Very Interesting article, supportive of the sincerity of ancient Epicureans In their attitude toward worship and prayer. I definitely recommend this one. Thanks Godfrey! epicureanfriends.com/wcf/filebase/index.php?file/26/

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    Welcome to recent new members! Let us know how we can help! Please introduce yourselves and feel free to start new threads on any topic of interest.

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    Episode Seven of the Lucretius Today Podcast Is Now Available: Episode Seven - The Lucretius Today Podcast

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    A thorough review of all of Horace and Virgil would no doubt produce tremendous numbers of interesting and relevant quotes. Also, I know I have learned so much from reading the full "On Ends" by Cicero that I want to try to read as many of his works as…
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    A.S. Kline, copyright 2003. Sorry, I should have included attribution!
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    From Diogenes Laertius, Book 10 (The Biography of Epicurus), we read something that may lead us again to revisit the matter of the apparent chronic ill health of Epicurus, and how the great philosopher confronted and dealt with serious bodily health issues.


    Here is the excerpt by Diogenes Laertius: “Timocrates, the brother of Metrodorus, in his treatise entitled the Merry Guests, and this Timocrates had been a disciple in his school, though he afterwards abandoned it; and he says that he

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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 ourselves to be actively promoting Epicurean philosophy. I believe strongly that everyone,

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    JC:


    Hi Cassius. I'm sorry to badger you about this again, but I'm still trying to get my head around the pleasure principle. From my reading, all scholars agree that Epicurus divides pleasure into kinetic and katastematic. Am I right in thinking mainline scholars think Epicurus prized the latter over the former, and that DeWitt didn't? I ask because although mainline scholars I've read equate pleasure with tranquility / absence of pain, they nonetheless encourage the pursuit of positive

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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.


    1. Not “flourishing,” “human potential,” “self-actualization,” or “meaningfulness,” but happiness grounded in the feeling of pleasure.


    2. Not

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    Not "absence of pain" as a full statement of the goal of life, but “the Feelings are two, pleasure and pain” and “Pleasure is the beginning and the end of a happy life.”


    Brief: The feelings are only two, pleasure and pain—there is no third state such as neutral, and there are no “fancy pleasures” which are different from regular pleasures. Because there is no neutral, reducing pain in life is only possible if there is a corresponding increase in pleasure. The extent

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    This is a draft article, and end notes are not complete yet

    Not "absence of pain" as a full statement of the goal of life, but “the Feelings are two, pleasure and pain” and “Pleasure is the beginning and the end of a happy life.”



    Brief: The feelings are only two, pleasure and pain—there is no true third state such as neutral, except after death. Because there is no neutral, removing all pain in life is only possible with maximal pleasure. The extent of pleasure can be maximized

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    Epicurean Philosophy or Epicureanism?

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    "The Canon of Epicurus In Everyday Life"

    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

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    “Online Communication With Cassius”

    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

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    PREFACE 1.

    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 the expense of the others.


    We have extreme

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    Positive Mental Health And Well-Being - Epicurus's Use Of The Greek Word "EUDAEMONIA"


    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

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    WE AND THE STOICS TODAY, or “To Those from the Stoa”

    by Dimitris Liarmakopoulos, member of the Epicurean Garden in Thessaloniki

    27.11.2015



    A proposition about Stoicism on an Epicurean website causes at least reasonable questions. At a minimum, when an informal agreement in the Garden is in place, and silently applied to the eight years of its progress, we should not make propositions about the rival philosophical schools, but only sporadic references to the need of epicureans’ better

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    Genetics and Bioethics - A Philosophical Approach - By Christois Yapijakis




    Christos Yapijakis recently presented a seminar on Genetics and Bioethics about 10 days ago at the University of Cyprus postgraduate program in Biological Sciences. The context of the presentation was the news of the recent gene-edited babies born due to a Chinese scientist.


    Please click here for a PDF of the full presentation

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    Christos Yapijakis: "Mistakes of Cognitive Perception and Epicurean Prudence"


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    Epicurean Philosophy, Modern Science, and Life

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

    A live conversation between Christos Yapijakis, geneticist and philosopher, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and Stefano Cianfarani, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Italy Transcribed from the live conversation by Uri Klempner With contributions by Ze’ev Hochberg, Alan Rogol, George Werther and Jesús Argente


    Originally posted

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    Epicurean Influences On The Enlightenment

    by Dimitris Altas, Cardiologist, member of Epicurean Philosophy Friends of Thessaloniki.



    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

    by George Kaplanis founding member of the Epicurean Garden in Thessaloniki



    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.

    And now, where will we look to gain this Epicurean

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    A Neighbor And His Dog

    I have a story to tell you about a neighbor and his dog, but first I would like to share with you some thoughts on Epicurean Doctrine 40: “As many as possess the power to procure complete security from their neighbors, these also live most pleasantly with one another, since they have the most certain pledge of guarantee, and after they have enjoyed the fullest intimacy, they do not lament the previous departure of a dead friend, as though he were to be

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    A Five Star Presentation of Epicurean Philosophy


    I think it's important that we begin to present Epicurean philosophy through podcasts and other audio-video means, so as a test I put together this basic Youtube presentation. I haven't edited the sound and this includes all the unprofessional "uhs" that come with someone who has no podcasting experience. Despite that, however, I think this presentation might be useful, so I am making it available here. The slide presentation itself

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