"Epicurus is noticed among some: Both Christopher Hitchens and Thomas Jefferson considered themselves Epicureans. He's my favorite philosopher and I mention Epicurus in my article Death and the Skeptic.
His doctrine focuses on four…"
Pleasure as absence of suffering
Epicurus' philosophy is based on the theory that all good and bad derive from the sensations of pleasure and pain. What is good is what is pleasurable, and what is bad is what is painful.…"
"An interesting point Reno, I hadn't considered that. I figured hey, Elysian Fields, home for the Greek heroes, I guess I imagined it as more like Valhalla, or heaven, or Islamic Paradise, being treated like a king, not so bad. But Achilles did…"
"Remember though that his target audience was the greeks, and the greeks hated the concept of death with a passion. Their afterlife was miserable, even for the heroes who were allowed admission to the Elysian Fields. In the Odyssey,…"
"As much as I like Epicurus, this quote has a contradiction in it. First he says, "all good and evil lie in sensation and sensation ends with death". Then he says "the man who is thoroughly assured that there is nothing to fear in…"
"Sometimes a whisper in an ear can be just as effective. I passed the quote booklover referenced to a friend of mine a few weeks ago in an email exchange. He, in turn, showed it to his teenage daughter. She apparently wrote it down, because he told…"
"I apologize for the lack of substance in my post. This was my first post on this site and it was brought about after I endured an incessant lecture from my philosophy prof. praisng the contributions of Plato's work( in…"
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