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An Epicurean Seminar Agenda From Last Year’s First PanHellenic Symposium of Epicurean Philosophy

A new friend in Greece recently forwarded to me a copy of the Agenda of last year’s Epicurean seminar.   I was not able to attend last year, and will miss it this year too, but I thought I would post this for reference as the worldwide fans of Epicurus grow in strength and begin consideration of plans for future conferences.   I bet Plotina would have been proud to know that her favorite philosopher is far from forgotten two thousand years after her lifetime.  In fact, it’s likely that some of the enjoyment she experienced during her life arose because she knew that her efforts toward the preservation of the Epicurean School would not be wasted.  You’ll note the reference to the song of Seikilos in the agenda; that will be the topic of our next Twentieth post.

 

FIRST PANHELLENIC SYMPOSIUM OF EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY

Program

February 12, 2011

THE PHILOSOPHY OF EPICURUS

  1. LIFE AND EPISTEMOLOGY OF EPICURUS

Life of Epicurus

Canon: The quest for truth

Physics: The nature of universe and humans

The importance of clinamen in organization of matter

Discussion

Interval

            The epicurean song of Seikilos (performed by an ancient greek music ensemble)

 

  1. ETHICS: THE ART OF HAPPY LIVING

The epicurean management of fear for death

Management of desires and self-sufficiency

Pleasure and happiness

On friendship

The message of Epicurus

            Discussion

             Actual symposium (dining and drinking) in a local tavern with music

 

February 13, 2011

EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY FROM ANTIQUITY TO OUR TIMES

1. EPICUREAN THEORY AND PRACTICE

Teaching and psychotherapy in the Garden

Women in the Garden

The epicurean view on Gods

The epicurean fuzzy logic

Epicurean influences on the Age of Light

Epicurean influences on Science

Discussion

 

Interval

            Recitation of verses from Lucretius’ poem “De rerum natura”

 2. THE ETERNAL VALUE OF THE EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY

Epicurean assessment of modern quantum physics

Epicurus and Salonica: Professor Theodorides, “Thyrathen” Publications and first modern Garden

Epicurus and financial crisis

The Epicurean philosophy today

Cultivation of Epicurean philosophy in the modern Garden of Salonica

Cultivation of Epicurean philosophy in the modern Garden of Athens

Discussion