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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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    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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