The Epicurus Reader by Epicurus

The Epicurus Reader

A total philosophy of life, death, religion, science, ethics, and culture promising liberation from the obstacles that stand in the way of our happiness, the teachings of Epicurus claimed many thousand committed followers all over the ancient Mediterranean world and deeply influenced later European thought. From the first years of its development, however, Epicureanism faced hostile opposition, and, as a result, much of our evidence for the conte...


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TitleThe Epicurus Reader
ISBN9780872202412
Author
Release DateMar 15th, 1994
PublisherHackett Publishing Company, Inc.
LanguageEnglish
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Classics
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  • Christopher Smith
    2014-12-27
    Epicurus proposed that right and wrong be defined in terms of what brings you "pleasure." He really meant lasting "happiness," not temporary "pleasure." This unfortunate word choice has forever tarnished his reputation, as he has become known as the philosopher of hedonism and self-indulgence. Nothing could be further from the truth. Epicurus actually advised against indulgence in temporary pleasures such as sex and feasting, which are ultimately...
  • Franz
    2017-03-18
    The ancient hedonist, empiricist, and materialist somehow came pretty close to describing reality the way a modern physicist might while encouraging a way of life focused mainly on avoiding pain and nurturing friendships. His extant writings are few, but they are easy to follow and understand--assuming a good translation. In some ways, he is surprisingly contemporary.
  • S
    2014-04-28
    Epicurus's determining criterion for "good" vs. "bad" is whether something causes anxiety or not.But in considering which actions will cause anxiety or won't one is filled with uncertainty and anxiety is created in trying to prevent the production of anxiety.These are the sort of puzzles which Epicureanism produces when squeezed a little; needless to say I am not very impressed by his hedonic ethics. His physics is interesting but his atomism mak...
  • John
    2012-12-05
    Solid book, succint and insightful. I expected, perhaps, a little more out of it than what I got (which is to say, more Epicurus than what has derived from Epicurus), but I do understand the limitatations of the material in existence.A good starting point for anyone who knows little about he who was one of the brilliant philosophers of Mankind. Overall insufficient for the reader looking something beyond the prosaic introductory.
  • Valdemar Gomes
    2015-08-25
    Great insights on epistemology and quite important studies on the atoms (physics in general) although always failing in some basic concepts that modern technology fucked him over.Jurisprudencial foresight is quite good but fucks it all over with guilt and punishment.All over a cool philosopher with some contradiction but ethically sound.
  • Brian
    2011-07-23
    Epicurus is amazing. He got maligned by his enemies; his philosophy is not about partying and drinking up all the time. This is a really quick and eye-opening read. Highly recommended.