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  • This is a thread to explore ideas about organizing and developing Epicurean community. Any one can add any thoughts or ideas about this. Who are we? What do we need or want? What are we hoping for? Here is an interesting article excerpt: (Quote) In the future we could become a registered non-profit, but we need to clarify what it is we are doing and what we want to see happen within our Epicurean community. Also perhaps we have differing viewpoints or ideas about what we want? Who are we? What d…
  • To start the ball rolling...just throwing out some of my ideas. Who we are? We share a common world-view based on Epicurean philosophy, and see the world through materialism (a non-supernatural world). We take personal responsibilty as the basis of our choices and avoidances. In life we prudently seek to increase pleasure, and choose ethical and practical actions which lead to a pleasant and happy life. What might we hope for in Epicurean community? We hope for a community of friends to join in …
  • Thank you Don for sharing those links, which brings up an important point: the word "Epicurean" is associated with food, and culinary arts/culinary professionals. So what do you think that means for us moving forward? Does it seem that the word "Epicurean" in some sense is already taken to mean something different. Even if we say "Epicurean Philosophy" the common person will think "Food Philosophy"? Do we need to use a name that is vastly different? -- The Society of Volitionary Philosophy or --…
  • (Quote from Cassius) Belief in these tenets (as listed above) would determine entry into the fellowship (no life after death; no supernatural gods; no absolute basis for ethics (everything ultimately rests on the feelings of pleasure and pain). Yet, I think there will need to be additional substance to organize around -- the importance of friendship and community within the organization. And this could be expressed through specific "rituals" -- we could celebrate everyone's birthday, we could ce…
  • (Quote from Pacatus) Pacatus it sounds like your focus is on presentation of the Epicurean philosophy, and so this forum is a good way to do that. Would it be correct to say that your desire could be for learning (or sharing); maintaining reference material or literature of some kind; and mainly for sharing the philosophy through written word? And currently this most often occurs in an anonymous format, as we have readers who visit this site who are not members of the forum. As for myself, I wou…
  • (Quote from Cassius) I feel the need to say something in response to this (and we must have a thread on this already) -- no absolute basis for ethics means that we don't do things to please God or to attempt to prove that we are perfectly behaving according to some ideal standard, but instead we act ethically because it brings pleasure and a happy life. And we make ethical choices based on pleasure and pain -- not just my own pleasure or avoidance of pain, but that if I cause pain in someone els…
  • (Quote from Pacatus) Oh no, you didn't offend me. I maybe haven't kept up with this thread as much as I ought to -- I probably should be saying something more in response, so I apologize for my lack of additional comments. Sometimes there is so much going on in the number of responses that I then feel like I am not sure if I can say anything new or brilliant, and so then I go "silent" for a time.