** This is the ninety-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 1571. Last week this time we were 1555. We continue to grow steadily, and we welcome all participants and lurkers. If you apply to participate and don’t receive a reply promptly, please send an email to an admin about your interest in the group. 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!”
** Each week on the Facebook group seems to get better and better, and we had some excellent threads this week. The one I would like to highlight is one of the most recent, Stephen M’s link to a professional documentary on Oinoanda entitled “A Gigantic Jigsaw Puzzle.” This was produced in 2012, but apparently has not been posted on youtube until recently. It is a tremendously good production featuring Martin Ferguson Smith, the lead researcher on the inscription for many years, as well as a number of German researchers whose names I do not know to be able to list. This is a GREAT documentary on the inscription, and I urge everyone to take a look.
**I had previously posted an excerpt from the inscription https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806143346101294/ with a link to the main page on the internet that features the full rendering of the text: http://www.english.enoanda.cat/the_inscription.html If you’re not familiar with the inscription, it is an EXCELLENT supplement to the material in Diogenes Laertius and Lucretius. It is (with Lucretius) one of the few surviving “documents” from an enthusiastic ancient Epicurean, so it is particularly trustworthy as a statement of Epicurean doctrine. Here’s a third link, a video by the owner of the main inscription page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/807226985992930/ (Unfortunately for us, in Catalan language.)
**This week I continued to post about controversies regarding the nature of pleasure, with this one entitled “United We Stand” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/805459332836362/ to emphasize that ALL pleasures are good.
**Tommy H started a thread on good sources of inexpensive/free books https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/805678036147825/
**Elli P. wrote an excellent brief summary of the Garden of Epicurus https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806043346111294/
**Wayne W started a thread on the nature of the “gods” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806198092762486/
**Leonard M started a thread on H.P. Lovecraft, a writer who was new to me but was a fan of Epicurus. Leonard posted an EXCELLENT brief passage where Lovecraft sees through the Stoics https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806611156054513/
**Ilkka shared a post from the Epicurus page about community building over there. If you have not “liked” the Epicurus page, be sure to do that. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806738652708430/
**Wayne W also started a thread about PD2. These are good “question” threads and we encourage them. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806570909391871/
**Elli started a thread about a recent listing of the most famous people in the world. Epicurus was unfortunately not at the top! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806765086039120/
**Yiannis started a thread with a link to a podcast series which contains several episodes on Epicurus https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806799709368991/
**Elli also started a thread that gets the “most discussed of the week” award! This one started out discussing how we are “born Platonist” but by the time it was over (if it is over) it hit MANY topics https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/805492726166356/
**Hiram posted an announcement from Christos in the Athenian Epicurus group about their new “Happiness Petition” initiative. If you have not read about this, please be sure to check it out, along with their new web site. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/807239232658372/
**In followup to one of our discussions with Wayne Watts, I posted a “Limits of the Vessel” graphic. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/807165029332459/ Here’s the post by Wayne to which this was a followup https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806962866019342/
**In another thread that turned out to be very long, I posted a question from a reader who wanted advice on how to introduce an eclectic group of adults to the differences between the major philosophers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806885512693744/
**Those are most of the highlights for the week. Thanks to all who participated. We appreciate all the contributions from those who share our view that the philosophy of Epicurus is something special – something that can be used to make our own lives, and the lives of our friends, happier and less troubled. We have quite a task ahead to continue to educate ourselves and others about what Epicurus really believed and taught, rather than what his enemies have said about what he believed and taught. But the task is enjoyable even as we work together to pursue it. I hope we will continue to work together for a long time to come, that our numbers will grow, and that all of us will profit in living happier lives through the process.
**Thanks to all participants for another great 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 world of Epicurean Philosophy by checking the links here: EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com
PEACE AND SAFETY!