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...

Details The Epicurus Reader

TitleThe Epicurus Reader
Release DateMar 15th, 1994
PublisherHackett Publishing Company, Inc.
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Classics

Reviews The Epicurus Reader

  • Christopher Smith
    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...
  • Will Spohn
    Having read “De Rerum Naturae” by Lucretius made this an interesting read, seeing the connections between the two. Lucretius definitely makes the ideas more palatable, but they are both still interesting in their own respects. Like with Lucretius, I found their materialism to be the most interesting aspect of their philosophy, but the text also include critiques and polemics against the Epicureans, which was also of interest. It certainly sho...
  • John
    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
    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.
  • Franz
    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.
  • Aldwin Susantio
    A book about Epicurus philosophy that revolve about how to feel happy all the time. There are 4 tips in Epicurean philosophy, : (1)Don't fear god; (2)Don't worry about death; (3)What's good is easy to get; (4)What's terrible is easy to endure.We shouldn't fear god because fearing it would cause us to worry about divine punishment. Worrying about something would make you unhappy. Fearing death will also results in worrying, therefore cause unhappi...
  • S
    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...
  • Brian
    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.