Nil Posse Creari De Nilo! / Nothing Can Be Created From Nothing!


Author Archive for: ‘Cassius Amicus’

  • Iphigenia

    Peace and Safety for Your Twentieth of November – Epicurean Theory Applies To Everyone And To The Most Difficult Of Issues

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be!   Happy Twentieth! In recent weeks a series of "terrorist" attacks has rocked the world, and I would like to address just one small but profound aspect of how Epicurean philosophy ...
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  • Iphigenia At Aulis David

    Tantum Religio Potuit Suadere Malorum!

    When many people today think of Epicurean philosophy and its emphasis on "pleasure," they tend to focus on Epicurus' advice to tailor our lifestyles toward a long-term view where pleasure can be sustainable over time, rather than pursuing temporary peaks of momentary pleasure which often ...
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  • NewAgeOfEpicurus1

    Dawn of A New Age Of Epicurus

    If you follow the world of politics, the last ten days in the USA have provided an important reminder:  where passions run high, truth is often the first casualty. If you are of a liberal political persuasion, you have been outraged by the treatment of ...
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  • Feyr

    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of October – Tips on Epicurean Reasoning from Philodemus

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be! Every day, not just the Twentieth, is a good day to remember that Epicurean philosophy teaches a distinctive reasoning process that focuses on the evidence of reality rather than the manipulation of abstractions. Much ...
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  • PhilodemusGraphicReMethodofAnalogy

    The Epicurean “Method of Analogy” in Philodemus, And Its Vital Importance to Us

    What do we do when we are confronted by differences of opinion among people who believe very strongly in their ideals, even though those ideals vary tremendously from person to person?  Do we decide that it is impossible to decide because there is no solid ...
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  • Selection 090

    “This Week In Epicurean Philosophy”

    For the last several years (one hundred and twenty five weeks, to be exact) I have been producing a short weekly summary of notable links and discussions on the Facebook Epicurean Philosophy page.  I intend to keep that up into the foreseeable future, and at ...
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  • Limifofpleasure

    “Quantity” Does Not Equal “Type”

    The diagram associated with this post is intended to dramatize the question:  Does any quantity of a thing ever change that thing into its opposite?  When Epicurus stated that there are only two feelings, pleasure and pain, it seems to me that he was making ...
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  • HerodotusEpicurusSupeSmaller

    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of September! – An Overview of the Letter to Herodotus

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be!   This month for the Twentieth, I offer a quick outline of the major points of the letter to Herodotus, which I think is one of the most under-appreciated of the ...
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  • Against The Men Of The Crowd RECTANGLE

    Fundamentals of Epicurean Philosophy – An Outline

    This outline represents my latest aid to discussing Epicurus with people who are new to the philosophy. I can’t represent that I have stated or ordered each and every one of these points in exactly the same way that an ancient Epicurean would have done, but …

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  • Selection 071

    All Dressed Up But No Place To Go

    Thanks to Alexander R. for linking to this video at the Science Channel, which alleges that the robot in this example is well on its way to learning emotional associations. I have some very serious reservations about the video (does pushing on the robot from behind …

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  • Tombstone Varus

    A Season Of The Year To Remember Fallen Epicureans

    Checking back over the last four years, it seems that late in August of odd-numbered years I have resubmitted the following post on “A Season of the Year To Remember Fallen Epicureans.”  This year, thanks to some posts by Domagoj V., I see that the season …

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  • Ciucea Castle Roman Fountain 2

    Is the Fountain Of Pleasure Tainted? Or Does the Taint Arise In How We Approach It?

    Some people seem to like to quote Lucretius out of context, in a way that implies that Lucretius was attacking, rather than following, pleasure as the guide of life. Here’s an example I saw quoted on Facebook today: Latin: “medio de fonte leporum, surgit amari …

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  • Bylert Utrecht Heraclitus Democritus

    Must I Believe “XXX” That Epicurus Said?

    In the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Group we often run into questions such as “Must I believe XXX that Epicurus said?”  Here’s an example:  “Must every position held by Epicurus originally stay the same today? For instance, are we obliged to believe in gods (albeit deist …

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  • EpicurusSunset2

    Things That Never Change, And Things That Do

    We frequently encounter situations where in the past we had a high opinion of someone, but recent events cause us to lower that opinion considerably. Does this mean that we were necessarily “wrong” in the past? Does the possibility of being “wrong” mean that nothing …

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  • OenoandaInscriptionCloser

    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of August!

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be!   Many philosophers (particularly Stoics) assert that virtues are ends in themselves. They assert – in the classic phrase – that “virtue is its own reward.” This position is a direct …

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