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  • Thanks to Trey for suggesting this article, Epicurus on the Three Obstacles to Happiness and Tranquility, and this Reddit discussion. The subject deserves a lot more time than I can give it right now, it gives us another opportunity to discuss the divergent viewpoints of Epicurus and the need to take a position on which is correct. That's why I entitled this post "How NOT To Escape Plato's Cave," because In my view if you follow the leads of this article you will not only never escape Plato's c…
  • P.B: Cool. I get the desire to separate Epicurus out from the tranquility nuts, we don't need another Buddha or Zeno, but I don't understand the distinction being made about hedonism. Hedone is the Greek word for pleasure. You used the word pleasure 28 times in the original post. If that's not driving home the centrality of hedone in Epicureanism, I don't know what it is. Epicurean philosophy is one among several hedonistic philosophies, philosophies that put pleasure as the central focus, plea…