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    Thoughts On The Natural State of Mankind

    In a recent blog post at “The Autarkist,” Hiram Crespo wrote about “Religion As Play,” a referenced to a statement attributed to Epicurus that “to pray is natural.”  Of course in evaluating that statement in Epicurean terms, “praying” is subject to the same non-supernatural restrictions …

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    Pleasure and Achievement

    Here is a passage from DeWitt that I was thinking about tonight, on the nature of “pathe” (or “feelings”) which consists of (1) pleasure and (2) pain. I don’t think we pay enough attention to focusing on the implications of this faculty, which is a …

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    On Conflicting Interpretations And Translations

    Competing interpretations and translations are a fact of life in studying Epicurus. Recently several of us have been talking about issues with Vatican Saying 21, and I think we may soon have an article about that. But in the meantime, here is another example: Vatican …

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    “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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