Recent Activities

  • Cassius

    Post
    Hiram can you provide the cite from Les Epicureans from which you take this? Are these quotes or paraphrases?

    This one would be particularly interesting to scrutinize due to the term "financier." Does that imply the borrowing and lending of money, or…
  • I will say that some of the metrics and visual products that have been produced lately in this forum have been exceptionally detailed. The quality of work is awesome.

    I’ve only taken a cursory glance at the article, I’d love to take more time to…
  • Hiram

    Post
    In addition, it’s possible to resume some of Metrodorus’ theses concerning both the sources from which one may procure wealth, as well as the manner by which one may preserve it. However, he constantly accentuated as a matter of fact, that to meet…
  • Hiram

    Thread
    The good man is a good financier. That evil man is also a bad financier, just as Metrodorus has demonstrated. - Philodemus of Gadara
  • Cassius

    Post
    Here are several clips from Gosling & Taylor's "The Greeks on Pleasure" which appear relevant.

    First, this one may seem to be a little confusingly written, but the context here is that G&T are saying that they are opposing ALL of the views stated in…
  • In both the quantity and purity issues I have collected the references that seemed to me to be most relevant at this page: https://newepicurean.com/found…llness-of-pleasure-model/

    With these four graphics as an aid to focusing on the issue:

    When-Only-The-Best-Is-Good-Enough.jpg


    Selection_182.jpg


    Selection_470-1-1024x274.png

    Selection_471.png
  • Cassius

    Post
    So to condense these last posts down into a concrete suggestion, I am suggesting that the article should probably contain a section something like:
    Why does Epicurus talk about limits of pleasure and purity, what does he say about them, and what was
  • Cassius

    Post
    In both the quantity and purity issues I have collected the references that seemed to me to be most relevant at this page: https://newepicurean.com/found…llness-of-pleasure-model/

    With these four graphics as an aid to focusing on the issue:

    When-Only-The-Best-Is-Good-Enough.jpg


    Selection_182.jpg


    Selection_470-1-1024x274.png

    Selection_471.png
  • Cassius

    Post
    And so that we can throw everything into the pot before we cook it --- in addition to the above on “limits,” you have the closely related issue of “purity.”


    PD12. It is impossible for someone to dispel his fears about the most important matters if he
  • Cassius

    Post
    Speaking of the context of looking to numbers and geometry for the meaning of life, Cicero in On Ends does not seem very interested in that topic. Is it possible that Cicero was able to argue that Epicurus' discussion of limits of pleasure did not…
  • Cassius

    Post
    It doesn't seem reasonable to us that some logical argument by Plato would be as worrisome an error as supernatural gods or suffering after death, but then, we are not living in Athens in 300 BC devoting our life to teaching philosophy, surrounded by a…
  • Cassius

    Post
    Sometimes the most important thing we can do is to forge ahead and force discussions on topics that the masses have been taught to fear, or to reject. Sometimes diplomacy doesn't work, and attacking those errors head on is the only way to free…
  • (1) As to the spreadsheet graphic, I want to hear what Martin has to say and I will still want to get more feedback from others. I fully agree with the problem of reducing feelings to numbers, but I think that there is a subset of people who won't…
  • elli

    Like (Post)
    Ok, here is an alternate sort of wording: "In the absence of pleasure, only pain can occur, not any hypothetical neutral state. In the absence of pain, only pleasure can occur, not any other state. This is the same as knowing that where there isn't…
  • Cassius

    Post
    As we continue to discuss and refine this, I think it is very important to incorporate an explanation for why Epicurus is so concerned about "limits." Such an explanation needs to consider what is going on n PD 19 - 21.

    PD 18 The pleasure in the flesh…
  • godek

    Liked the blog article On Pain, Pleasure, and Happiness.
    Like (Blog Article)
    This is a draft article, and end notes are not complete yet

    On Pain, Pleasure, and Happiness

    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
  • Cassius

    Posted the thread Tips on Forum Usage.
    Thread
    The default forum theme is set to ColorPlay Blue, which is a "dark" theme. Some people prefer a lighter theme, and at the bottom of each page in the footer there is a "change style" link that lets you select others. Each of the "Nexus" themes is…
  • Sounds good to me. As an aside I don't know that there are specific virtues that are distinctly Epicurean, although it is probably fair to say that there are some virtues that Epicurus stressed more than other in the surviving records.
  • Current project is "To pursue or to avoid a desire" worksheet. I think I will create a work sheet for each epicurean virtue and state on each one that it is just a means(tool) to mean an end and not an end in itself. My favorite virtue is gratitude so…
  • Cassius

    Like (Post)
    As I said in the past, in this paragraph Epicurus does not use the words "freedom of pain" or "absence of pain", he uses "neither - nor" next to the verbs "algein" and "tarassesthai" in the grammatical form of greek language that declare motion i.e.…