***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 04/25/2015***

 

** This is the one hundred and third 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 1661. Last week this time we were 1650. 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!”

**In probably the most signficant news of the week, Hiram had an article published in The Humanist Magazine entitled “Whose Pleasure? Applying the Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy?” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820579247991037/ And his name and article were featured on the front cover: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820718777977084/ Congratulations Hiram!

**Also of significance is that Elli updated the group’s “banner” this week. Thanks Elli! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820900361292259/

**Please remember also that we encourage new participants to say hello and identify themselves and their interests. Hiram started a new thread to do that, and we need to do this regularly: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819800001402295/

**Two more comments before we start chronologically: One of the deepest issues we deal with is the meaning of pleasure as the goal of life, and how to apply this in the real world. I wrote up a hypothetical which I think helps highlight some of the issues involved. I will work to improve it in the future, but it’s basically an extension of a passage in Cicero’s On Ends made into a modern question. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/821218344593794/

**And in a particularly serious thread, Todd D. brought to our attention a sick relative who is battling cancer, and how Epicurean philosophy might be of help. Be sure to check that one. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/821124921269803/

** Here are more highlights from the week, roughly chronologically:

**Steve K. started the week with a link about how death should not mean anonymity, focused on how the memory of our departed friends is important to us. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819154458133516/

**Doug B linked to an article on cultivating the ability to enjoy things. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819280124787616/

**Jakob AE. started a thread on the importance of intelligence in Epicurean philosophy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/818728574842771/

**Steve M. wrote about a Lucretian medallion at the Botanical Gardens in Dublin. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819279514787677/

**Yiannis T posted links to videos about Pedro Olalla on Greece. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819514838097478/

**Hiram posted a link to an article “Why Our Children Don’t Think There are Moral Facts” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819402581442037/

**I posted a link to a blog post I wrote with more discussion of the “Zero State” view of Epicurean philosophy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819050788143883/

**Doug B. linked to an article about the decline of marriage in the USA as a start to a discussion about Epicurean views on marriage in general. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819216668127295/

**I posted about a new page I am starting about “Epicurean Doctrines that are apt to be misinterpreted if taken out of context.” Thanks for some very good suggestions to add to that page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/818155654900063/

**Things seem to be moving toward “GREXIT” in Europe, so I started a post about that topic. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819412798107682/

**Jakob AE started a thread about “How are Epicureans equipped to deal with pain when they actively avoid experiences that they judge to be painful?” which started a lot of good discussion. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819797731402522/

**Richard Amador linked to an article about the “Orgy of ME and how to be happy.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819763648072597/

**Alexander R. linked to an article “Being An Atheist isn’t Bad For Your Mental Health.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819611811421114/

**Doug B. linked to an article about a French author writing on happiness. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820280774687551/

**Hiram linked to a page he has set up with an excellent selection of graphic memes based on Lucretius. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820588301323465/

**In probably the longest thread of the week I posted a link to a meme that Hiram had previously posted about Atoms and Void: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/819843508064611/

**Hiram posted a link “How Mindfulness Can Help Depression.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820623354653293/

**Hiram posted on a secular alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820606784654950/

**Elli posted a video reminding us of the will to live of our mascot. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820733304642298/

**Elli also posted a great video from NASA with space images. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820748794640749/

**I have yet to turn this into a real article, but in response to a thread about ways to live happier that did not seem to me to be as focused on Epicurus as would be desirable, I came up with a list of Twenty Ways – I’ll work on this and revise for the future but the first draft is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820288258020136/

**Hiram posted his Eleventh Taoist Contemplation – People Like the Side Paths – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/821057477943214/

**Alexander R. posted a link to an MIT physicist exploring the formation of life. The thread took lots of interesting twists and turns! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820785237970438/

**Juha-Matti S posted a comment about problems with acceptance of Epicurean philosophy that was very extensively-commented. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/821035401278755/

**Earlier today I posted excerpts from a chapter in “Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism” which zoom in on the issue of the meaning of Epicurean pleasure. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/821568401225455/

**Another well-commented thread was “Reasons for the Decline and Fall of Epicurean Philosophy in the Ancient World” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/820371101345185/

**And then last for the week I posted about a new page I am setting up to help organize study of Cicero’s letters to Atticus to see what they might reveal about real-life decisions from a devoted Epicurean (Atticus, that is.) https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/821820257866936/
**Those are most of the highlights for the week. Thanks to all who participated. We’ve had another very substantive week of discussion, and I thank everyone who participated. 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
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Live Well!
Cassius Amicus

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 04/18/2015***

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 04/18/2015***

** This is the one hundred and second 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 1650. Last week this time we were 1633. 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!”

** We’ve had many substantive and long posts this week. Thanks to everyone for participating. Here are some of the highlights:

**Just after the update last week, I link to a post I made based on an article by David Sedley about Brutus and Cassius (mostly Brutus) and how Brutus was not a Stoic as widely reputed, but in fact a Platonist. If you’re interested in ancient history there is a lot of good information about the philosophical situation at the time of Caesar in Sedley’s article, linked here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/814923475223281/

**Mark C. posted to a book regarding Epictetus and living happily (sort of a contradiction in terms) https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/815386358510326/

**Hiram linked to a new graphic he prepared on Lucretius Book 1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/815719781810317/

**Carlo P. linked to a new 3d presentation of the Tiberian Island in ancient Rome. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/816048125110816/

**Hiram posted a new blog entry on Epicurus and his mother. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/816154005100228/

**Hiram also posted on an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson about life in other parts of the universe. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/816112371771058/

**I linked to a new blog post on the Epicurean idea of “confident expectation” as a foundation of happiness. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/815532191829076/

**I also wrote a too-wordy post on my thoughts on the future and goals of the Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/816285365087092/

**Elli P prepared an excellent graphic on “the Stoic vases.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/816532391729056/

**And Elli also posted an excellent letter from Panagiotis Papavasiliou, one of the activists with the Garden of Epicurus in Thessaloniki. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/815664271815868/

**Doug B. posted a series of thought-provoking posts this week, first on a quote from Epictetus in a clearly anti-Epicurean mood (his standard mood, I gather). https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/817272031655092/

**Alexander R. linked to an excellent article on how wisdom is better correlated with happiness than intelligence. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/816524085063220/

**Steve McCarthy contributed a link to a collection of papers by David Sedley, which I added to the files section as a document for easy access in the future. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/817720598276902/

**Hiram posted a new blog entry on Taoism and an aspect of it which is clearly friendly to Epicurean views. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/817727061609589/

**In a well-discussed post I linked passages from Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics and a passage from “The Greeks on Pleasure” which help document the difference between Aristotle’s approach to the good life versus that of Epicurus. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/816802731702022/

**In another post that prompted a lot of discussion, I prepared a graphic to highlight how the stoics might prefer to interpret Epicurean doctrine on the meaning of tranquillity. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/815140638534898/

**Late in the week (today) I started a new thread seeking help in making a list of Epicurean doctrines that are easily misinterpreted if the reader has insufficient context. I hope to start a page of these on my blog to help in getting new readers of Epicurus started. If you have any suggestions, please make them in the thread here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/818155654900063/

**And as we neared the end of the week, Doug B started the third of several lengthy discussions with a post on an article entitled “Why kids Need Spirituality.” With a title like that you can imagine it was well-debated. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/817260124989616/

**Those are most of the highlights for the week. Thanks to all who participated. We’ve had another very substantive week of discussion, and I thank everyone who participated. 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
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Live Well!
Cassius Amicus

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 04/11/2015***

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 04/11/2015***

** This is the one hundred and first 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 1633. Last week this time we were 1619. 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!”

**Another good week – let’s take developments roughtly chronologically this time:
**Ilkka shared a post from the Epicurus page inviting questions. If you are reading this you ought to be a “liker” of the Epicurus page. If you aren’t, check it out at: https://www.facebook.com/epicureanphilosopher You could be of great help there by speaking up for Epicurean positions. The Epicurus “page” has over a hundred thousand lurkers, and there is lots of opportunity there to make educational comments. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/811999142182381/

**On the subject of education, original graphic artwork is always helpful. I created one this past week to focus on a passage from Diogenes of Oinoanda and the issue of virtue as the means to happy living. Epicurean-themed graphics are easy to share and we encourage new contributions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/811913265524302/

**Alexander R posted a link to an article on babies using their faculties to experiment with the world around them. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/812516065464022/

**This week I shared several excerpts from the book “The Greeks on Pleasure” by Gosling and Taylor. The focus of the book is on the development of theories of pleasure in the Greek world through Plato, Aristotle, Eudoxus, and others up to Epicurus, and it provides excellent background. There are a number of very important issues that run through the schools, and this excerpt focused on how dividing up the pleasures (as the non-Epicurean schools do) leads to the conclusion that pleasure itself is not the guide to life, and that some other standard (you guessed it – virtue!) is required. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/812618945453734/

**Mark C. posted a question on what Epicurean-inspired music might sound like: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/813284225387206/

**This week I updated several pages on the NewEpicurean.com website. The first I posted about was updating my links on modern physics research that seems consistent with Epicurean theory. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/812956535419975/

**Hamid M. asked a question about the “moral value of using drugs or wine in Epicurean philosophy” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/813391702043125/ That, in turn, prompted a post from Jason Baker with good research into the background of the use of wine in ancient Greece. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/813480495367579/

**New participant Danyal Lodi introduced himself with some interesting comments. We encourage all new participants to do the same. We love to hear from new people and when you introduce yourselves virtually anything about yourself that explains how you came to be a fan of Epicurus would be of great interest to us. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/813534425362186/

**Several of the posts this week revolved around the role of pleasure in Epicurean philosophy, and I added a post to my blog entitled “Lucretius’ Hymn to Venus and the Defense of Pleasure” to discuss how the opening of Book I may relate to this issue. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/813484572033838/

**Hiram posted a link to an article entitled “Epicurean Ethics: The Role of the Virtues in the Life of Pleasure.” This article has some good points, and some points with which I very much disagree. But one of the points of our having a discussion forum is to discuss and learn and improve both our understanding and clarity in arguing the relevant issues. This article provided some excellent examples of one side of some key issues. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/814266185289010/

**Hiram also posted a link to a new blog post of his, “Ninth Taoist Contemplation: Control of Desires” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/814277918621170/

**Gabriel B. posted a question about “do humans live or rather does their consciousness live?” Consciousness is always a tricky subject and there were some good comments. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/814251271957168/

**Another excerpt I posted from Gosling & Taylor focused again on the implications of dividing up pleasures and how Aristotle and Plato responded to their division of it – by looking for a standard of “the good” outside of pleasure itself. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/814380098610952/

**In what appears to be the most-commented post of the week, I posted a shorter clip from The Greeks on Pleasure to raise the issue that “It remains perfectly possible, first, that while intelligence is needed to bring about a good life, what gives it value is its pleasantness; and secondly that any pleasure is as good as any other for this purpose.” This excerpt brought up the issue that we have many and strongly divergent opinions on how to interpret the “necessary and natural” categorization. Does this mean that we should pursue *only* necessary pleasures, that we should simply give great preference to those, or that we should simply note that those pleasures which are the least necessary frequently require the most effort and entail the worst pain, and make our choices accordingly? I won’t recount the full extent of the debate but the issues were framed very well, and this is a good thread to read if you only read one for the week. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/812579405457688/

**After the thread I just mentioned, I decided to update my graphic which explains my own position on this issue, and so my “Full Cup / Fullness of Pleasure” graphic can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/814714515244177/ This post links to my updated page on the NewEpicurean blog where I am marshalling the authorities and the arguments in support of the position stated in the graphic.

**On the same topic, Elli P posted a new graphic on Philodemus and his poetry, providing another example of a leading Epicurean who did not limit himself to “necessary” desires. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/814810118567950/

**Those are most of the highlights for the week. Thanks to all who participated. We’ve had another very substantive week of discussion, and I thank everyone who participated. The study of Epicurean philosophy can at times seem like a Sherlock Holmes story. Given that we only have fragments from Epicurus himself, and a limited number of works from reliable supports (Lucretius and Diogenes of Oinoanda) we are confronted with the need to scrutinize the unfriendly commentators (Cicero, Plutarch) and those who simply were chroniclers or came much later than Epicurus (Diogenes Laertius) and whose opinions are therefore open to question. Perhaps one day new discoveries from Herculaneum will resolve these mysteries, but until then we each have to do our own research and make our own decisions, weighing the various texts and translators and commentators against each other like jurors in a trial. We can’t resolve questions on the facebook page or in our blog, but we can work to see that you get access to all sides of each question, and we’ll continue to do that so you can make your own decisions about which interpretations are right, and how you should apply them to your own life.

**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
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PEACE AND SAFETY!
Cassius Amicus

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 04/04/2015***

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 04/04/2015***

** This is the ONE HUNDREDTH 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 1619. Last week this time we were 1571. 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!”

**It is hard for me to believe, but I believe this is the one hundredth consecutive Saturday night on which I have produced this weekly summary. As time goes by I may alter the format, but sending out a weekly summary has been a good way to catch up with the latest conversations and make sure that the Facebook group seems to be on the right course. We have our rough spots, but in general I think things are going very well. The Epicurus “page” (at https://www.facebook.com/epicureanphilosopher) now has over 135,000 likes, and that serves as a general point of introduction to people on Facebook to “like” a page with generic focus. Our Facebook group gives our “activists” a place to focus their discussions and engage in some militant Epicurean philosophy, and I think the two places complement each other well. There are other groups for those who are more generalist and want their Epicurus combined with other philosophers, but I think it is fair to say that the Epicurean philosophy facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ is the place to be if you want unadulterated Epicurus!

**As another general comment, I want to thank the regular participants in the group for their posts and expression my appreciation for the opportunity that I have to participate with such a great group of people. The Admins in particular are great, and we have a core of regular posters whose contributions are extremely worthwhile for me as I continue my research in Epicurean philosophy. Hopefully we have only just begun, and we will have many more years of productive interaction.

**This past week was a continuation of our recent high level of philosophic discussion. We had several very long threads, so I’ll highlight a couple that were on similar themes to start off. Going strong at the end of the week was a file added to our file section, Mathew Wenham’s “On Cicero’s Interpretation of Katatematic Pleasure.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/811124178936544/ This was closely related to a graphic I did on “The Limits of the Vessel” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/809081915807437/ and also to several other posts: Wayne W. posted on PD3 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/806962866019342/ and I posted some related remarks on “The Greeks on Pleasure” by Gosling & Taylor: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/810647698984192/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/810836835631945/

The unifying theme of these posts is the importance of getting a true fix on Epicurus’ view of pleasure. This is just one of the issues where there is controversy in how to interpret Epicurus. We aren’t going to be able to resolve those issues here, but what we *can* do here is ensure that students of Epicurus are not simply fed the academic orthodoxy, but that they are given exposure to the views of those who have worked to interpret Epicurus in the most sympathetic and persuasive way possible.

**In other posts, Antonios K got a conversation going on Hellenic Religion https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/810550522327243/

**Alexander R. started a thread on Zeno of Sidon and his work in geometry: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/811363955579233/

**Sayyad V. started a thread on Egyptian gods. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/811464078902554/

**Hiram posted a graphic on not postponing happiness: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/811516298897332/

**I posted a thread on “death is nothing to us” as focusing on the issue of “the state of death” and not the issue of “dying early.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/811061538942808/

**Nathan K. posted on how the truth is not always beautiful. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/810590582323237/

**I started a thread on “Epicurus and His Opposites” with a reference to Kant and his categorical imperative of “truthfulness” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/809807472401548/

**For those who were not aware of it, I went through the Usener material on Epicurus.info and posted a selection of rarely-cited quotes from or about Epicurus: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/809650445750584/

**Alexander R. posted on PD9 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/809145905801038/

**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. We do what we do here bercause we believe that Epicurean philosophy 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. But the task is enjoyable even as we work together to pursue it. I will do my best to see that we 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
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PEACE AND SAFETY!
Cassius Amicus