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Author Archive for: ‘Cassius Amicus’

  • Shouting

    “Why” Comes Before “How”

    Here is a pattern I am seeing over and over: Some people just cannot or will not admit that “why” must come before “how” in deciding how to live one’s life. In any field of science or other human endeavor, it would be foolish to …

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    Nietzsche on Stoicism’s “Fraud of Words”

    The following passage from Nietzsche has many excellent uses in exposing the roots of Stoicism and all similar philosophies which seek to substitute some other goal for the goal of life set by Nature.  This is not an attitude that is limited to Stoicism, and …

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    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of May – Reading Epicurus Reasonably – Children and PD5

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be! On this twentieth of May, here is another example in the category “how to read Epicurus reasonably.”  In other words, when we read Epicurus, do we expect every sentence he writes …

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    Frances Wright and the “Counter-History of Philosophy”

    Hiram Crespo recently posted on his blog, The Autarkist, about the work of Michael Onfray and his view of the need for a counter-history of philosophy to free it from the Platonic-Aristotelian orthodoxy. Tonight I’d like to point out two aspects of Frances Wright’s “A …

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    “Follow That Dream”

    To follow: “to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to; to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey.” Cassius to Cicero, January 45 BC: “Consequently Pansa, who follows pleasure, keeps his hold on virtue, and …

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    Pleasure Is A Dish Best Served Pure and Smooth

    In my continuing efforts to explain Epicurean Philosophy Through Coffee, I now present my latest and best analogy: Not only do we fill life to the rim with pleasure, like coffee, but we need to remember that, also like coffee, pleasure is a dish best served pure …

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    Where Is the Misunderstanding / Misrepresentation More Likely?

    Here is a passage from Francois Bernier, a friend of Gassendi, which I have never read before, but exists at It seems to me it illustrates exactly the problem that anyone who wants to construe Epicurus as a Epicurean, rather than a Stoic-lite, is …

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    Stoicism is as far from Epicurean philosophy as East is far from West.

    We frequently see commentary, even in Epicurean discussion forums, with Stoic overtones.  It therefore pays to keep in mind the differences between the two philosophies so we can recognize Stoic errors and not let them distract us. Here is a clip from “Happiness: A Philosopher’s …

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    Setting the Stage For Discussion of Pleasure

    Recently the Society of Epicurus published a transcript of a Spanish-language interview given by Hiram Crespo and Alexander Rios about the philosophy of Epicurus.  They did an excellent job, and the transcript is well worth reading – and viewing on-line if you know Spanish! Hiram, …

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    Fields, Particles, and the Reality We Live In

    Alexander Rios​ has written an excellent essay on Fields or Particles that is now posted at the Society of Epicurus. What is the relationship of that discussion to how we should live? One important aspect is revealed by this quote from the article: “subatomic force fields …

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    Fill Life To The Rim – With Pleasure

    Here is an illustration of Lucretius’ vessel analogy in Book 6 that may hit home with my American friends of a certain age. With Pleasure, why be ascetic and settle for half a cup, when you can work to fill life with as much pleasure …

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    Slashing Another Stoic Chain – Courtesy of a Norse God

    This is something that has been staring me in the face without my seeing it – if it had been a snake it would have bitten me. Probably everyone else has realized this, and I am the last to see it, but this is to …

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    Which Is Happier?

    Hiram Crespo recently published a very good article in Humanist Magazine entitled “Whose Pleasure? Whose Pain? Applying the Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy.”  This is a topic that is going to recur frequently, because many people are interested in using modern developments in statistical survey …

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    The “Four Days Of Virtue And Painlessness” Challenge

    Here is a hypothetical that may help with thinking about the role of “virtue” and “painlessness” in Epicurean philosophy. The assumptions of this hypothetical are very simple and designed to be as real-world and transparent as possible. There are no tricks here, so don’t spoil …

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    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of April – Conventional Pleasure vs. the “Zero State”

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be! On this twentieth of April I’d like to offer more thoughts on the issue of whether Epicurus advocated a “zero state” or “painlessness” model a the goal of life. Another way …

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