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-====== ​Summary ​of Epicurean Philosophy ======+====== ​Foundations ​of Epicurean Philosophy ======
  
----- +//The following outline has been prepared by paraphrasing excerpts from the ancient texts and organizing them in a sequence calculated to be of benefit to new students of Epicurus. The hyperlink at the end of each passage provides a citation to where a more detailed discussion of each topic can be found in the original sources. Recurring themes from this document are summarized separately in [[:​major_characteristics_of_the_epicurean_view_of_life|]]//​
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-*The following outline has been prepared by paraphrasing excerpts from the ancient texts and organizing them in a sequence calculated to be of benefit to new students of Epicurus. The hyperlink at the end of each passage provides a citation to where a more detailed discussion of each topic can be found in the original sources. Recurring themes from this document are summarized separately in [[:​major_characteristics_of_the_epicurean_view_of_life|Major Characteristics of the Epicurean View of Life]] Thomas Jefferson'​s outline summary of Epicurean Philosophy can be found [[http://newepicurean.com/​suggested-reading/​thomas-jeffersons-letter-to-william-short-october-31-1819/#​Thomas_Jefferson_to_William_Short,​|here]][here]([[http://​newepicurean.com/​suggested-reading/​thomas-jeffersons-letter-to-william-short-october-31-1819/#​Thomas_Jefferson_to_William_Short|http://​newepicurean.com/​suggested-reading/​thomas-jeffersons-letter-to-william-short-october-31-1819/#​Thomas_Jefferson_to_William_Short]],​).* +
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-[(Lucretius Book 1)] At a time when human life - before the eye of all - lay foully prostrate upon the Earth, crushed down under the weight of Religion, which showed its head from the quarters of heaven with hideous aspect, glowering down upon men, it was a man of Hellas who was the first to venture to lift up his mortal eyes, and stand up to Religion, face to face.+At a time when human life - before the eye of all - lay foully prostrate upon the Earth, crushed down under the weight of Religion, which showed its head from the quarters of heaven with hideous aspect, glowering down upon men, it was a man of Hellas who was the first to venture to lift up his mortal eyes, and stand up to Religion, face to face. [(Lucretius Book 1)]
  
-[(Lucretius Book 1)] This man could not be discouraged by stories of gods, nor by thunderbolts,​ nor by the threatening roar of heaven. These served only to spur him on, filling him with courage and the desire to be the first among men to burst the bars holding fast the gates of Nature.+This man could not be discouraged by stories of gods, nor by thunderbolts,​ nor by the threatening roar of heaven. These served only to spur him on, filling him with courage and the desire to be the first among men to burst the bars holding fast the gates of Nature. ​[(Lucretius Book 1)]
  
-[(Lucretius Book 1)] Thus the living force of his soul won the day. On he passed, far beyond the flaming walls of the world, traversing the immeasurable universe through mind and spirit.+Thus the living force of his soul won the day. On he passed, far beyond the flaming walls of the world, traversing the immeasurable universe through mind and spirit. ​[(Lucretius Book 1)]
  
-[(Lucretius Book 1)] And from there, he returned again to us - a conqueror - to relate those things that can be, and those that can not, and to tell us on what principle each thing has its powers defined, its boundary-mark set deep.+And from there, he returned again to us - a conqueror - to relate those things that can be, and those that can not, and to tell us on what principle each thing has its powers defined, its boundary-mark set deep. [(Lucretius Book 1)]
  
-[(Lucretius Book 1)] By his victory, the terror of religion is trampled underfoot, and we, in turn, are lifted to the stars.+By his victory, the terror of religion is trampled underfoot, and we, in turn, are lifted to the stars. ​[(Lucretius Book 1)]
  
 This man of Hellas then saw that mortals had attained those things which their needs required, that their lives had been established in safety, and that they abounded in wealth and honor and fame, and were proud of the good names of their children. [(Lucretius Book 6)] This man of Hellas then saw that mortals had attained those things which their needs required, that their lives had been established in safety, and that they abounded in wealth and honor and fame, and were proud of the good names of their children. [(Lucretius Book 6)]
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 Thus while we direct our greatest and highest interests by reason throughout our whole life, we do not rely either on dialectical reason or logic as our ultimate Canon of Truth. [(Epicurus Doctrine 16, Epicurus'​ Letter to Herodotus, Diogenes Laertius Book 10)] Thus while we direct our greatest and highest interests by reason throughout our whole life, we do not rely either on dialectical reason or logic as our ultimate Canon of Truth. [(Epicurus Doctrine 16, Epicurus'​ Letter to Herodotus, Diogenes Laertius Book 10)]
  
-Instead, the faculties which constitute our Canon of Truth are our senses, our preconceptions,​ and our feelings of pleasure and pain, for it is by means of these that test those things which are true, and we determine which are obscure and need confirmation. [(Epicurus'​ Letter to Herodotus)]+Instead, the faculties which constitute our Canon of Truth are our senses, our preconceptions,​ and our feelings of pleasure and pain, for it is by means of these that we test those things which are true, and we determine which are obscure and need confirmation. [(Epicurus'​ Letter to Herodotus)]
  
 For only when those things which are clear to us are understood is it time to consider those things which are obscure. [(Epicurus'​ Letter to Herodotus)] For only when those things which are clear to us are understood is it time to consider those things which are obscure. [(Epicurus'​ Letter to Herodotus)]
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