***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
PEACE AND SAFETY!