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  • [Update 0727/19: This post was originally made April 29, 2015, with subsequent revisions as indicated. In addition, please see the "Not Neo-Epicurean But Epicurean" article and discussion.] The purpose of EpicureanFriends.com is to promote the study and application of the philosophy of Epicurus, and to allow those who share this goal to communicate with one another in a dedicated community. Posters should conduct themselves as part of a community of friends and always treat each other with grac…
  • Also in regard to Forum purpose and standards, here is a video which lists the general Epicurean viewpoint on a series of important issues. A text version is below: youtu.be/O2-4q3AQ4BY A PDF version of this printed list is available by clicking the graphic below.MajorCharacteristics.png Major Characteristics of the Epicurean View of Life The ancient Epicurean viewpoint emphasizes the following: 1 - A Universe that operates by and contains only Natural, not supernatural, forces. 2 - A Universe …
  • Yes I think this is in general the direction to head. The more that I think about it, I can't think of a better way to hammer out issues like that than to present Epicurus to other people - meaning that I want to set up Meetup discussion plan, and in doing that we can hammer out the rough edges and have a more concrete view of what can be done, and what can't.
  • Belial at the moment the best way you can get a mentor at the moment is just post all the questions you want to post in the different sections of the forum, and we'll work on answering them as fast as we can. The more the better! That will help us build the database of questions and answers that lots of others can profit from too!Yes Hiram I agree about the high school. How did you get invited. And definitely PODCASTING has got to be on the agenda for 2018.
  • No, no, no! In this case the more questions the better. As you see in the forum list, we've created a lot of different categories, including one for each Principal Doctrine and Vatican Saying, so if you can skim through those and place your questions where they fit best, that will be great. But don't worry if that takes too much effort - just post in the general section and and we can more the thread later on to the proper subsection. We've probably erred on the side of creating too many subforu…
  • I think that is a good idea, and we can of course do that kind of thing informally now. I guess a "formal" assignment awaits a more formal organization.
  • Not sure about me being any kind of Jedi, but I think we currently have some momentum in terms of working together on some group chats and setting up a Meetup discussion plan. Let's use those opportunities as we push this forward to talk about a further organization plan over the next couple of weeks. Elli is raising lots of issues about how to proceed (as you know) and as we work through these concerns we will find answers. This process is going to be good for us and even if there are some bump…
  • I have added paragraph numbers to the "Terms of Use" page to make any section of it easier to discuss should anyone have any questions, suggested changes, etc.http://www.epicureanfriends.co…ndex.php?sc-terms-of-use/
  • Just bumping this thread so that it doesn't show the "recommended to create a new thread" message. Should now be good for another year!
  • We have had ongoing discussion about what the goals of this group should be, who should be the target audience, how much to address opposing philosophical arguments, etc. Here is a clip in which David Sedley translates a fragment of the Herculaneum material which appears to be on point -- I just wish we had more of the discussion! This is from "Dialectic after Socrates and Plato" and Sedley's chapter "Epicurus on Dialectic":