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Epicurus and the Philosophy of Pleasure

by Kevin Blood “Stranger, you would do good to stay awhile, for here the highest good is pleasure…” According to Seneca the Younger, these words could be seen at the entrance to the philosopher Epicurus’ garden in Athens. It was a place of seclusion, where, with a small group of friends, Epicurus taught and lived

Three Degrees of Wisdom: Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Neoplatonism

Written by Bruce J. MacLennan, PhD, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Ancient philosophy was a way of life, a pursuit of wisdom in order to live well. As such, the philosophies of the classical world have much to offer us today. But modern students are confronted with the same dilemma as ancient ones: which should you

Epicureanism: Death Does Not Concern Us

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.” ~ Epicurus, The Principal Doctrines The philosophy of the hedonists, as discussed last week, seems appealing,

Three New Year’s Resolutions from Epicurus

Written By Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep. It’s why we joke and tease about the fact that gyms tend to be packed in the beginning of January but return to normal by February. Whatever motivation there was seems to fade, and the resolution with it. But just because

How to Get Over a Break-Up… and Other Love Tips from Lucretius

By Alex Barrientos, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Weekly Being lovers of Classical Wisdom, you are likely familiar with Epicurus and his school of thought. His remedies to deal with the fear of death, his description of what the blessed life consists of, and his praise of friendship, among other things, makes him a lovable figure in

Epicurus – Proto-Scientist, Secular-Saint, and Sophisticated Hedonist

By Jacob Bell, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There is probably no other ancient Greek philosopher who has been so misunderstood in our modern era. Nowadays his philosophy is associated with excess and drinking and food apps… but the reality is, he preached the exact opposite. Indeed, his name should connote moderation, science, atheism, death…and happiness?