I recently wrote Whose Pleasure? Whose Pain? Applying the Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy for the latest issue of The Humanist, where I discuss whether it makes sense to apply the Epicurean ethical method of hedonic calculus at the collective level. After some considerations, in the piece I argue
My new book Tending the Epicurean Garden is now live on amazon. I am very thrilled that, after the many months of hard work that went into the book, I'm finally able to take others on this adventure with me to discover Epicureanism on its own terms.
There are sources on Epicureanism, but many are indirect and some are hostile. It's important for us in the Epicurean movement that…Continue
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The above link is to the tumblr page; it has many shareable secular humanist memes, links to articles, quotes, etc. that can be easily shared on social media. Please share them!
January 2014 saw the inaugural issue of the Society of Friends of Epicurus’ newsletter, titled Happy 20th. SFE is the first contemporary attempt a Humanist missionary work of this kind and is dedicated to the teaching mission of the Epicurean Gardens. If you’re interested in Humanism, philosophy, prudence, criticizing consumerism, living a frugal and simple…Continue
Originally posted in the Society of Friends of Epicurus page.
Karl Marx’s fascination with the ancient atomists led him to base his dissertation on Democritus and Epicurus: an early symptom of his future career as a materialist philosopher. However, from their respective vantage points in history, Marx and Epicurus both reacted against…Continue
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Originally written for Society of Epicurus, the following piece delves into the relationship between architecture and ideology, experience, identity and worldview. It also evaluates the Epicurean model of the Garden as a place of human flourishing. Epicurus' philosophical (hedonistic) schools were known as 'Gardens' and were oases of reason, serenity and pleasure.
Notice, on the other hand and by way of contrast, how Stoicism derives its name from the stoas, the places that face the…Continue
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Mirroring a recent blog post.
One of the Top 10 trending subjects on twitter today is #YiyeAvila, a Puerto Rican televangelist and preacher from the old school who called people to repentance and frequently used fear tactics related to hell and the afterlife to weave a supposedly moralizing message that almost seemed in line with Salafi Islam practiced in Saudi…Continue
Mirroring a recent blog post.
Those of us that grew up under the ideological yolk of the God of the Bible had to contend with a Janus that was said to be both a loving Heavenly Father whom Jesus imagined feeding the birds daily … and a wrathful, jealous, mad sociopath who ordered the Jews to commit genocide in order to occupy other peoples’ lands and…Continue
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Free Will and the Bible
Some assert that man has free will. Some assert that all is determined. Some say (as I do) that free will is compatible with determinism. The debate has raged, unabated, for millennia.
Clearly, an interceding God presents problems for free will. However, a cosmic God - a Creator who does not intervene in human affairs - might be compatible with free will if he keeps his omniscience and omnipotence to himself. I,…Continue
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