***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
*
Live Well!
Cassius Amicus

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