***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 8/9/2014***

**This is the sixty-seventh 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/ and copies of these posts are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.

**As of tonight, our participant total has grown to 311. Last week this time we were 282. Welcome to all the new participants!

** We had another busy and succesful week. There are many interesting posts this week that I will mention, but I would like to highlight several posted by the Admins of our group about their personal experiences in becoming interested in Epicurus, and their hopes and expectations for our facebook group. We have one more yet to post, but it’s good to space them out. All of us have personal stories on why we think Epicurus is important and helpful. The three that were posted this week were:
Elli: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204023786138025&set=gm.702937763088520&type=1
Ilkka: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704353456280284/
Cassius: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/702907546424875/
These are longer posts than normal, but I think give a good indication of the direction we’d like to see the group go and why we are here. We hope to have one from Hiram to add and post in due course.

**On a similar “back to basics” line of thought, I posted under the title “How Do I Most Quickly Learn the Basics of Epicurean Philosophy.” If you’re reading our group then you’ve already found Epicurus by one path or another, and you presumably know something about him. The purpose of this post was to be sure you are aware of the books which are the central part of the “friendly tradition” of analysis of Epicurus, rather than the standard tradition, which is by and large quite unfriendly. In this post I list just a few of the books that I hope everyone will at least glance at to be sure they are aware of the full picture told in the most sympathetic light. You’ll have no problem finding the critical commentators – they are everywhere. This list gives those that explain Epicurean philosophy in a way I think Epicurus would most approve himself. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/702974463084850/

** Several posts were made this week about possible new projects. Marcus C. in particular had a lot to say about this, and posted https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703268693055427/ There is certainly much to be done. There are many secondary text sources that are hard or impossible to find on the internet, and there are various ways to attack this. We haven’t put together a plan yet but I think you’ll find this post interesting.

** One of the most-commented posts of the week was Ilkka’s post about the gods on his Menoeceus blog. I highly recommend this one as an excellent discussion of various interpretations of Epicurus’ theory on divinity. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703318996383730/

** One of our most notable new participants, Charis D., posted on pyschological aspects of Epicurean philosophy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703611333021163/

** Hiram posted to an article by Diskin Clay about the development of the Epicurean communities in the ancient world. Lots of discussion here and some background on Epicurus.info and Epicurus.net, two of our most important Epicurean sites over the last ten years. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703025679746395/

** Another notable new participant is D. Peluso, an archaeologist who has been working in Herculaneaum Elli welcomed him here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204047613453693&set=gm.704396239609339&type=1 Mr. Peluso then posted himself a plan of the villa of the papyri, where the Epicurean library was discovered, at Herculaneum: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=799404213424266&set=gm.704564086259221&type=1 He also posted on the busts themselves: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704562609592702/ And the location where they were uncovered: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=799386046759416&set=gm.704562806259349&type=1

**On that theme I posted to an archive.org page where some very old records of the excavation at Herculaneum can be found: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704597076255922/

**I also posted a link to the only suspected image of Lucretius that survives from the ancient world, at least according to Hugh Munro: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=807641699267971&set=gm.704602599588703&type=1

**On the topic of Hugh Munro, one of the greatest translators of Lucretius in the modern world, I posted a link to Munro’s assessment of Epicurean philosophy vs that of Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704620122920284/

**Charis D. posted to a music video of the song from the Zorba movie, and much interesting discussion followed, especially about the Dionysian aspect: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704683152913981/

**As the week wound down I posted a lengthy article, with the great assistance of Bryan from our group, about the nature of “Anticipations” and “Present Impressions of the Mind,” which is a subject of much dispute. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704876139561349/ I recognize that this appears highly technical, and it is, but for those who have any interest it is a topic that leads to some profound consequences.

** In other links for the week –

** On 8/3 I posted a link to an article on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle by a philosophy professor who says we need to be careful how we interpret it https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/702759483106348/ On a very similar topic, Alexander R. posted on the “multiverse” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704705849578378/

** Hiram posted an article commenting on Philodemus’ “On Methods of Inference” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703072679741695/

** Tom posted on Epicurean-sized homes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703363716379258/

** Hiram posted a question and comment on Nausiphanes’ tripod of truth, which was apparently influential in Epicurus’ development of his “Canon of truth” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703403389708624/

** In a sad but interesting post, Mitja M. posted a link to a rant from someone very sad about the state of the world and his life. We had some good discussion in the comments on this one. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703230956392534/

** Elli posted a graphic on VS 28 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204038392303170&set=gm.703811126334517&type=1 We had some fun with it because the graphic says it is PD 28, but the text of course is from the Vatican Sayings. We may try some more pop quizes in the future to test that people are reading the texts and getting more familiar with them! šŸ˜‰

**Andy W. posted on the role of the visionary in philosophy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704079606307669/

**Mark posted a video on transforming consciousness: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704382796277350/

** Hiram posted to an article about Max Weber https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704683152913981/

**OK that’s it for the week! Feel free to post any comments in this thread.

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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