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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Unwinding A Confusion About the Faculty of Pleasure By Considering the Nature of Money

    In a recent editorial, noted economic commentator Steve Forbes makes a point about “money” that provides a very useful analogy for those interested in the Epicurean view of “pleasure.” Before I quote Forbes, let’s remember an important aspect of what Epicurus said about “pleasure.” Diogenes …

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    Purging Yourself of Stoicism

    I believe the most important task that any modern student of Epicurus can do is to examine his or her own thoughts to identify the Stoicisms that have been absorbed from the modern culture, and purge them as quickly and effectively as possible.  This morning …

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