This outline represents my latest aid to discussing Epicurus with people who are new to the philosophy. I can’t represent that I have stated or ordered each and every one of these points in exactly the same way that an ancient Epicurean would have done, but I hope I have covered the main points and that others may find this useful. If you see points I have left out, or you think deserve correction or amplification, please let me know.
One other purpose I hope to serve here is to provide a list of major points that can be used to be sure new readers get the full scope of the foundation. Often it seems that Epicurus is discussed solely in terms of a couple of simple ethical points, and it is important to see how the big picture ties together by remembering that his ethics are built squarely on his view of the universe and his theory of knowledge.