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  • elli

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    Welcome MWheeler, and Hello Lawrence !:)
  • Cassius

    Replied to the thread Tom Stoppard on Human Rights.
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    Also that reminds me of this from Thomas Jefferson, which uses "ploughman" rather than "child" for the same point, from a letter to Peter Carr:


    Moral Philosophy. I think it lost time to attend lectures on this branch. He who made us would have been a…
  • Godfrey

    Replied to the thread Tom Stoppard on Human Rights.
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    Maybe a more accurate description is "sloppily", "lazily" or"unknowingly" Epicurean. ;)
  • Cassius

    Replied to the thread Tom Stoppard on Human Rights.
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    Yes I agree that it rings that way, although I think probably the deeper implications are buried under the words "know" and "knowledge" which are probably not the exact Epicurean framework.

    Possibly would be more accurate to say that children "feel"…
  • Godfrey

    Posted the thread Tom Stoppard on Human Rights.
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    From The Daily Extra on The Argyle Sweater daily calendar (a small daily pleasure):

    Quote of the Day
    "For me, human rights simply endorse a view of life and a set of moral values that are perfectly clear to an eight-year-old child. A child knows what…
  • OK the Adelaide version is incomplete - the original appears to start with Leontion making a point somewhat similar to "Ternissa" but the omitted part does make it easier to understand how the conversation has developed. The opening footnote to Cicero…
  • HMMM - Elli finds what appears to be a different version:

    Elli posted:

    The painting is beautiful. However, this morning and as I started to read this book by that British Walter Savage Landor entitled: "Imaginary conversations of Epicurus, Leontion…
  • I just skipped to the end looking for a conclusion and am similarly confused. This seems to me to compare pretty unfavorably to "A Few Days In Athens," where Frances Wright's points always seem very clear and precise, but I need to read the full thing…
  • If anyone reads to the end of the "Imaginary conversation" let us know what you think. I find the beginning rather unimpressive.

    Is the beginning directed in some broad manner that "hate" should not exist? If so the only point I can imagine about it…
  • Stott (a painter who until now was completely obscure to me) has another work of interest. His "Venus Born of the Sea Foam" begs comparison to "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli. In Botticelli's scene the erotic energy of Venus is tempered by…
  • Two more excellent finds, Charles. I thought the dialogue was new to me, but I found that the first portion was familiar. I don't know where I might have encountered it.

    Having now read the whole of it, I found it a trifle frivolous; but there are…
  • Leontion.jpg

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    I recalled seeing this painting somewhere prior to being an Epicurean, and only when I asked members of the Discord if they would like to assist me in finding EP related art, did I attempt to find this again. This painting was acquired…
  • Elayne

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    Epicurus was highly successful in his time, and part of the reason is that he did not waste time debating opponents in the public square. By forming his own Garden, he was able to teach uninterrupted and to build a base from which outreach could occur.…
  • Cassius

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    i suppose I am not as much of a libertarian as you are Hiram. I am interested in people who see the same things that I do and form friendships on that basis. I recognize that everyone will not agree, and the problem is not lack of communication, nor…
  • Hiram

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    (Quote from Cassius)

    I think it's great that there's an open, wide market (agora?) of ideas out there and that people are openly disagreeing with us. That's not a reason not to engage people. I WANT to hear their disagreements. I've written for Partially…
  • Hiram

    Replied to the thread Dead Reddit / The "Isms" Thread.
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    (Quote from Nate)

    To many followers, Epicurus was a salvific figure, a cultural hero of humanism and science. Plotina (stepmother of Emperor Hadrian, circa 120 of Common Era) called Epicurus her Savior, Lucian praised him as holy (in Alexander the Oracle…
  • elli

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    80. The first measure of security is to watch over one’s youth and to guard against what makes havoc of all by means of impetuous desires for idealistic ideas. :evil:
  • Lawrence

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    Welcome MWheeler!
  • Cassius

    Replied to the thread Dead Reddit / The "Isms" Thread.
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    So Elli how would you translate 80? How would you revise this English translation?


    (Quote from elli)

  • elli

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    I have some news. I read carefully the following ES 80 and I've noticed a particular greek word.

    LXXX.(80) Νέῳ σωτηρίας μοῖρα τῆς ἡλικίας τήρησις καὶ φυλακὴ τῶν πάντα μολυνόντων κατὰ τὰς ἐπιθυμίας τὰς οἰστρώδεις.

    80. The first measure of security is…
  • Cassius

    Posted the thread Welcome MWheeler!.
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    Welcome MWheeler and thanks for joining us! When you get a chance, please tell us about yourself and your background in Epicurean philosophy.

    It would be particularly helpful if you could tell us (1) how you found this forum, and (2) how much…
  • elli

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    Cassius wrote : <<I suspect this is another area where DeWitt slips due to his affection for Christianity.>>

    Deviousness, dear reader. Deviousness and pretense. All such references are like the ink of a squid, to muddle the water. Like Themistocles and…
  • elli

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    "Ionic", by C.P Cavafy

    That we’ve broken their statues,
    that we’ve driven them out of their temples,
    doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead.
    O land of Ionia, they’re still in love with you,
    their souls still keep your memory.

    Cavafy will write in…
  • Cassius

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    Check this thread for agenda and further details: Organization of the "On The Nature of Things" Podcast
  • Cassius

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    I clipped this from a screen at FB, on the same point (that Epicurean culture cannot flourish in all nations):

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  • Cassius

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    Another thing that I think is VERY important about the role of Epicurus. From Diogenes Laertius:

    "He [the wise man] will be more susceptible of emotion than other men: that will be no hindrance to his wisdom. However, not every bodily constitution nor…
  • Cassius

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    I agree with Joshua and will add more:

    (Quote from Nate)

    I believe this is also a correct statement, and i don't think there is any contradiction between the two positions.

    As Joshua says, the combination of ideas could have been assembled by others at…
  • JJElbert

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    Excellent topic, Nate! He is of course using "cult" as a Classicist here, free of its modern sinister connotations.

    To my mind there are two questions here. Could the Epicurean system of thought have developed independent of Epicurus? I should think…
  • Nate

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    I'm looking for clarification on the following quotation by De Witt:

    "...Epicureanism was primarily a cult of the founder..."

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    In discussions with Hiram and Charles about Reddit, I was re-reading a familiar passage…
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    JC:


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