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Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2011’

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    An Epicurean Test of Whether a Desire is Contrary to Nature

    Seneca’s Letters – Book I – Letter XVI:   This also is a saying of Epicurus: “If you live according to nature, you will never be poor; if you live according to opinion, you will never be rich.” Nature’s wants are slight; the demands of opinion …

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  • What Business Have We To Be The Only Sane Men In A Crowd of Madmen?

    Recent events in Oslo call for reflection on how Epicureans should react to the malicious and aggressive frauds who all too frequently populate the world.  A first thought is to remember that the nature of man has not changed, and the ancient Epicureans faced many …

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  • For Your Twentieth of July: Dispelling the Myth That Epicurus Was An Enemy of All Culture

    Peace and Safety for Your Twentieth of July! Students of Epicureanism regularly confront the accusation that Epicurus was an enemy of all culture.  The truth is that Epicurus was not an enemy of ALL culture, but he was specifically an enemy of the ill effects …

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  • Thomas Jefferson On Anticipations

    Thanks to some excellent suggestions from a reader in Poland (three cheers for Kosciouzko!)  I have taken the initiative to reorganize my Thomas Jefferson page. In doing so, I came across this quotation which I will incorporate in my discussions of “Anticipations,” and add to …

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  • The True Life According To Nature

    Continuing in a series of posts focusing on excerpts from DeWitt’s Epicurus and His Philosophy, today we look at the Epicurean view of “life according to Nature.”   In the following excerpt from Chapter 1, DeWitt points out the derivation of Epicurus’ view of life according …

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    Against Plato III (And to a lesser extent, Aristotle too)

    Carl Sagan:  “Plato, Aristotle and the Pythagoreans were suppressors of knowledge, advocates of slavery and of epistemic secrecy. Plato’s followers succeeded in extinguishing the light of science and experiment that had been kindled by Democritus and the other Ionians. Plato’s unease with the world as …

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