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Author Archive for: ‘Cassius Amicus’

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    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of July: “The Greater Part of Life Is Sunshine”

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be! I know that some find it odd, and others find it tedious, that I am forever pointing out the differences between Stoicism and Epicureanism.  And then there are those who as …

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    Epicurus v. Cicero on Natural Law and Justice

    I am probably not going to add this to my Epicurus v. Stoicism chart (to be posted here soon!), because Cicero did not consider himself Stoic, and I want to keep the chart as accurate about Stoicism as possible. But if you would like to …

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    New Web Page For Lucretius

    One of my great frustrations in reading and writing about Epicurus has been the lack of a good digitized version of Lucretius. No more, my friends, for today this site goes live: Much more needs to be done to improve it, but already the full text …

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    A Little Housekeeping on Jackson Barwis

    I originally published an ebook of the collected works of Jackson Barwis three years ago under the title “On Three Legs We Stand.”  At the time I prepared the initial volume, I was primarily focused on Barwis’ essay on innate principles, and the relationship of his …

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    Frances Wright on Epicurean Virtue vs. “Virtue” In The Other Philosophies

    One of the most important distinctions between Epicureanism and other philosophies is its definition of “virtue.”  In the ancient world this dispute became a matter of heated argument between Epicureans and Stoics, but the truth is that Stoicism was hardly the only enemy.  Epicureanism stood …

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    The Meaning of “The Good” – A Gem From Plutarch Through Bailey and Epicurus.Info

    This is just a short post to remind fans of Epicurus that there are two great resources at (among many others) that don’t get the attention they deserve.  One is the lengthy collection of references to Epicurus collected by Hermann Usener, and the other …

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    Objectivism: The “Worst and Most Dangerous” Philosophy In America

    Today I address a narrow segment of readers who have special need for the message of Epicurus – those readers who have come into contact with the philosophy of Ayn Rand.  The following is not based on a political perspective, and the point of view …

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    “These Shall Be To Thee Both Pythian and Delian”

    One of the things that gives me most pleasure from collaborating with other fans of Epicurus is to uncover texts that are new to me and that go far beyond the standard superficial treatments of Epicurus.  One of these is the work that some of …

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    Peace and Safety for Your Twentieth of June: On the Futility of “Argument”

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be! As progress continues to be made on the updated discussion forum for Epicurean ideas at Facebook,  I continue to think about the proper means of discussing matters with frankness without disagreeableness. …

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    More on the “Moral Sense”

    Here are two more references I have come across in regard to the faculty of a “moral sense.”  I see this as a subject that is related to “anticipations” in terms of there being a faculty of “recognizing” or “perceiving” issues that are denominated as …

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    “Elemental Epicureanism” / Facebook Group Update

    *Epub Update* I have today set up a new facebook group “Elemental Epicureanism.” The URL of the new group is The sole purpose of this group will be to post copies of my epub of the same name, in which I am collecting all …

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    Peace and Safety And Independent Thinking For Your Twentieth of May!

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be! For today’s Twentieth I want to highlight another recent post made by Hiram at the Society of Epicurus entitled Pythagoras and the Swerve. The topic of the post was maintaining the proper line …

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    Updated MP3 Version of “A Few Days In Athens”

    I have been working to correct some minor errors in the MP3 Audiobook version of “A Few Days In Athens”, and I have now uploaded a new version at the link below. This new version splits each chapter into a separate MP3 for easier access …

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    Consolation On The Loss Of A Loved One – An Epicurean Perspective

    Once again this past week I had the unfortunate experience of losing to death a valued member of my family.  Times like this are the ultimate test of the value of a philosophy — a philosophy that does not address the most emotional issues of …

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    Our Friend and Mascot: The Pig

    Hiram posted an excellent article over at the Society of Epicurus entitled “Reasonings on the Hedonic Pig and Cultural Hypocrisy.” Be sure to check it out! It reminded me that I had posted previously on part of this topic, but could not find the reference …

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