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Ancient Philosophy: A Crash Course

1. Metaphysics Metaphysics is the very broad and very profound branch of ancient philosophy that attempts to makes sense of the universe around us. Metaphysics asks ‘what is the universe?’ What is it made of? How does it behave? And what about the universe makes toast always land butter side down? This was a subject

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Epicurus (341- 270 BCE)

Branch: Ethics Approach: Epicureanism “The art of living well and the art of dying well are one in the same” Epicurus was born approximately 20 years after the death of Aristotle on the island of Samos.¬†He would develop a school of philosophical thought known as¬†Epicureanism.¬†Epicureanism is a very particular brand of ethical philosophy that essentially

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Epicurus: The Nature of Death and the Purpose of Life

Early philosophy in ancient Greece sought to explain the nature of the universe. For instance, there was Thales of Miletus, who held the rather bold belief that the entire universe is made of water in one form or the other. This dramatic delve into the study of metaphysics was very popular with early philosophers and

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