***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 6/21/2014***

**This is the sixtieth in a series of weekly updates with news from the world of Epicureanism. Our home base for discussion of Epicurean philosophy is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ Copies of these posts are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com. Please consider joining us on the Facebook forum so your facebook feed will be updated with the most recent postings.
** Tonight I have been working feverishly on a lengthy new post that I will release at some point later this weekend. The working title: Objectivism: The “Worst and Most Dangerous” Philosophy in America. 😉

** I can’t express my appreciation enough for all the participation in the Facebook forum this week. We’ve had numerous new members and very good discussion on many substantive topics. We’ve seen the release of Hiram Crespo’s new book (“Tending the Epicurean Garden” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/678588392190124/ ) and I really sense that we have significant momentum toward making the forum much more useful.

** Agamemnon Kotsifis started the week with a post on Greek philosophic attitudes toward suicide: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/680478038667826/

** As the week wore on we had some signficant discussion and development on forum structure. I posted on “Civility” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/681125731936390/ and to the excellent article on “Frank Criticism” from the surviving texts of Philodemus. We also updated the “About” section this week. I don’t seem to be able to generate a direct link, but you can click on “About” on the right side. Try this: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/682533401795623/ The main thrust of the change was to emphasize to casual participants that we have no litmus test philosophical requirements other than a sincere interest in discussing Epicureanism. At the same time, the new about section lists a number of core tenets of Epicureanism that new readers often find to be new to them, and posting them here gives us a chance to acquaint everyone with some of the core ideas. In the end, in my view, our rules really don’t amount to much more than “This is a forum for all things related to Ford Mustangs. If you wish to discuss Chevy Camaros, or talk incessantly about how Camaros are superior to Mustangs, there’s another forum for that.” 😉

**We had several discussions this week revolving around reading material. Panagiotis A. started a discussion about reading lists https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/681743368541293/ and Hiram mentioned both “Exploring the Way of Epicurus” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/681741251874838/ and “Epicurus and His Gods” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/683840098331620/

**Hiram also included a new installment of his “Reasonings about Philodemus’ “On Piety” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/681352301913733/ which has been an excellent series.

** I started a discussion about the loss of Davey L’s cat and how it led me to think of a funeral oration for use at my funeral 😉 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/681971408518489/

** If you check out one thread this week, I highly suggest the one started by Alisa D. with the quote from Nietzsche’s “Gay Science” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/681620458553584/ This prompted a lengthy discussion about Hellenism and tragedy, and if you’ve not considered these topics I strongly suggest you glance at the thread. Lots of excellent input from Elli P. on Hellenism.

**Agamemnon K. posted a good link to an article in Philosophy Now about an imaginary exchange between Socrates and Epicurus: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/682886208427009/

** This week was the Twentieth of June, and on that day I posted http://newepicurean.com/peace-and-safety-for-your-twentieth-of-june-on-the-futility-of-argument/ with several good excerpts from “A Few Days In Athens” about the nature of Arguments and how to approach them constructively. Hiram helped me out by posting that to twitter as a hashtag #humanism and we had a good discussion about the merits of doing that https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/683523768363253/

** For now I need to get back to work and polish off my next post. I apologize if I missed anyone or anything. As always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please add a comment or participate in the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ or hop around the internet word of Epicureanism by checking the links here: EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com
PEACE AND SAFETY!
Cassius Amicus

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