**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 11/1/2014***
**This is the seventy-ninth in a series of weekly reports on news from the world of Epicurean Philosophy. Our home base for discussion is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ Copies of these posts, and links to active Epicurean websites, are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.
**As of tonight, our group has grown to 896. Last week this time we were 795. We continue to grow steadily, and we welcome all participants and lurkers. We are here to discuss Epicurean Philosophy, have fun, and in the words of Lucian, “strike a blow for Epicurus – that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him!”
**The one item I would like to highlight this week is actually not a new post, but the addition to the “Files” section of our group of an article from 1947 entitled “Epicurus: Philosophy for the Millions.” This brief article, summarizing the life and mostly the work of Epicurus, is the best brief introduction I know of to the place of Epicurus in Western philosophy. At the time the article was released, DeWitt was professor emeritus of Latin at Victoria College at the University of Toronto, Canada. DeWitt devoted much of his academic life to writing articles on Epicurus, which he eventually combined into his two books “Epicurus and His Philosophy” and “St. Paul and Epicurus.” If you have never had the time to read DeWitt’s full book, this article can serve as an introduction to why you should put it on your list. Rather than approach Epicurus as just another brick in the wall of comparative philosophy, DeWitt took a personal interest in understanding Epicurus and defending his doctrines against the criticism of other schools, so his perspective is almost unique among commentators in the last 150 years (at least in the English-speaking world). Do yourself a favor and download a copy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/737740656274897/
**To start off the news this week, one of our long-standing readers, Andres Haf of Germany, has released a book on Amazon entitled (as translated)”The Epicurean Yearbook”. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/738440692871560/ Unfortunately for those of us who do not read German, no translation is available, but if you will check out the link above you’ll see that Andreas helped me through a rough translation of his opening section. Andreas’ own thread announcing the book is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/738287989553497/
**Alexander R linked a video presentation “What should we think about death?” by the British Humanist Association. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/738654582850171/
**Ilkka posted an excellent blog entry on Doctrine 1 and the fact that there is no need to fear the gods. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/738814032834226/
**Alexander also posted to a Scientific American article discussing how it is not true that everyone wants to be happy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/738831749499121/
**I posted a reminder of the passage that I think is the most important section of the most important poem ever written: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/738795169502779/
**As followup to our many recent discussions of lifestyle issues, I posted a link and a summary of points about the life of Titus Pomponius Atticus, one of the most well-known Epicureans of the ancient world. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/736598433055786/
**Yesterday thanks to a tip from a reader (Domagoj V.) I linked to a series of videos on responding to Determinism, produced by Stefan Molyneux. There will never be a “last word” on this issue, as it has been debated since the ancient world, but Molyneux gives a good overview of many of the negative ramifications of choosing to become a crusading determinist. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/739943016054661/
**Hiram posted to an interesting video on a group of modern Greeks who continue to follow the ancient Hellenic gods (and not in an Epicurean way, but literally). https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/738434062872223/
**OK that’s it for this 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 Epicurean Philosophy by checking the links here: EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com
PEACE AND SAFETY!