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  • Lorenzo Valla   Imagines Philologorum

    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of October – Lorenzo Valla Sides With Epicurus Over the Stoics

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be – Happy Twentieth! On this Twentieth of October I’d like to call your attention to a page that contains excerpts from what appears to be Lorenzo Valla’s “On Pleasure.”    I will try to …

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  • Justicewithoutblindfold

    Notes on “Justice”

    This post is just a placeholder for setting up a page of links on Epicurean concepts of Justice. PD 31. Natural justice is a pledge of reciprocal benefit, to prevent one man from harming or being harmed by another. PD 32. Those animals which are …

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  • HerculesAGalaxy

    Science / Physics Update

    Several recent emails from a reader have reminded me that physics /science is an important part of Epicurean philosophy.  Epicurus did not just presume that “living pleasurably” should be the goal of life, he went back to the basics to establish that the universe operates …

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    Comments On the “Choice of Hercules”

    An influential legend well known at the time of Epicurus on the topic of “Virtue vs. Pleasure” was the “Choice of Hercules” (whose name is also rendered into English as Heracles).   The best known version of this story comes down to us from Xenophon …

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  • Plato With Warning

    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of September – Epicurus vs. Plato – Part 1 – “Gorgias”

    It is my view that one of the most important things we can do to better understand Epicurus is to study the majority opinion of the leading philosophers who came before him. Epicurus would have done so himself, and prepared his doctrines in response to …

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  • Lionweb

    Anticipations, Heat, and Patterns of Behavior

    A part of any discussion of anticipations will revolve around the extent to which anticipations refer to (1) the formation of concepts through reasoning and experience, or (2) the influence of an “intuitive” faculty present at birth before the infant has experienced anything whatsoever. I personally …

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