**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 06/27/2015***

** This is the one hundred and twelfth 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, and other discussion cites are referenced at the end of this post.

** 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!”

**I am posting this Saturday night, as at this very moment things are reaching a crisis stage with the financial system in Greece. The topic is being discussed here https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/849919888390306/ and I hope our friends in Greece will keep us posted on developments in the coming days. Greece is the home of the most active group of Epicurean students anywhere in the world, and we certainly hope that they remain safe and sound as the crisis deepens.

**In other posts this week –

**Mark C. is a talented musician, and this week he posted a rough cut of a song he composed with on the theme of “death is nothing to us.” It would be great to see Mark continue to work on this and develop other tunes with Epicurean themes. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/847431418639153/

**Carlos V. posted a link to an article about “Classics for the People – Why Whe Should All learn from the ancient Greeks” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/847473258634969/

**Hiram posted a link to a video by PhilosophyIO, which Hiram indicates has been discussing Epicurus recently. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/848325318549763/ Once again you’ll find there the standard confusing discussion of how “static” pleasures are to be preferred *over* “moving” pleasures. Sigh. You can see the speaker choke on trying to describe that at the 2:30 point, if you like…. “Nothing is really going on, but it’s just really enjoyable.” Don’t be surprised if you find his explanation unimpressive.

**There was some significant followup conversation this week about Seneca’s comments on “natural and necessary” desires. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/848288508553444/

**Here as a commentary post on the tetrapharmakon – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/848994428482852/

**Hiram posted a link to an article he wrote on “against the common good.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/849593331756295/

**I posted a link to an excellent video about a reconstruction of a Roman town in Portugal. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/849540255094936/

**This post discusses Vatican saying 14 and points out some improvements that could be made in the standard translations. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/849918281723800/

**And then today, I posted a video of a bear jumping into a swimming pool and used it to highlight several important issues in discussing pleasure. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/850038705045091/

**To end where we began, a lot is going on in Greece this week, and many of our Greek friends are focused on some issues of critical importance to their future. Hopefully we’ll receive updates as the crisis unfolds, and we wish our friends in the homeland of Epicurus well as they go through this difficult time.
**Thanks to all who participated the the Facebook forum this week. 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
**Options for those who wish to discuss Epicurus on the internet include:
1- If you are someone whose views are fully formed, and you’ve combined several disparate viewpoints into your own personal mix, and you mainly want to talk casually to other people of the same eclectic type, there are several excellent facebook groups including EPISTOBUZEN and “Epicureanism for Modern Times” that you can find by searching facebook.
2- If you are focused primarily on Epicurus, and you want to participate in a forum where people will defend Epicurus strongly from all challenges, then you have two Facebook options. Our open and main group, entitled simply “Epicurean Philosophy,” is the home base of this post. Anyone can read the posts there, and all you have to do is ask in order to join. (Note that there is an “About” and a “Sticky” post with our forum rules.)
3 – If you prefer to post in a “private” group where your posts are not readable by outsiders, we have “Epicurean Private Garden.” Because it is a private group, you cannot find it by searching, and you have to email one of our admins in the open group if you wish to join. Please note that our About and Sticky Post rules in the private forum are the same as the open forum, and the private forum will be moderated to the same standards as the open forum (or perhaps slightly tighter!)
4 – If you are not only focused primarily on Epicurus, but you wish to assist with a forum platform where pro-Epicurean activists can build for the future, check out http://www.EpicureanFriends.com. Work is starting on a FAQ and other resources. Anyone can read the posts, but only approved members can create new posts or comment.

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**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 06/20/2015***

**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 06/20/2015***

** This is the one hundred and eleventh 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, and other discussion cites are referenced at the end of this post.

** 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!”

**Here are a few highlights from the week:

**Hiram and Panagiotis continued their series of memes for the 40 Doctrines, with this one on PD15 as to the limits of natural wealth. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/844868102228818/

**Hiram posted on “Epicureanism as a Religious Identity” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/845023762213252/

**Hiram posted on the “fullness of pleasure” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/845208155528146/

**Hiram posted on “The Epicurean Nag Hammadi” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/845606728821622/

**Alexander posted a link to an article comparing the pleasures of sex and alcohol to the pleasures of religion and having children. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/845323132183315/

**Hiram posted a reminder of the resources we have posted in our files section: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/845412735507688/

**Hiram and Panagiotis posted a meme on PD16 and the role of reason: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/845730348809260/

**Hiram posted an interesting question on a passage from Cosma Raimondi on the “intention” of Nature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/845726942142934/

**Elli posted an announcement that a third edition of “Epicurean Principal Doctriines – Tee Art of Wellbeing” by Christos Yapijakis was being issued – regretably only in Greek – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/846012812114347/

**Hiram and Panagiotis posted a meme on PD16 – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/844269815621980/

**Panagiotis posted a link to a Master’s Thesis entitled “Epicurean Mission and Membership from the Early Garden to the Late-Roman Republic.” I only had a chance to read part, but it appears excellent. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/846460398736255/

**Alexander posted a link to a new article on particle physics. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/846530102062618/

**Alexander also posted a link to an article on “Machine dreaming”, linking it to the letter to Herodotus – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/846538952061733/

**Hiram reminded us that “A Partially Examined Life” will be discussion “A Few Days In Athens” this Sunday https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/846544115394550/

**Hiram posted “Reasonings On Community” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/846409045408057/

**Domagoj posted a link to an article by Jaakko Wallenius, who until his death was an active internet posted on Epicurean ideas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/846092652106363/

**Today was the 20th and I posted a memorial: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/846816235367338/

**I also posted today a meme on Jefferson’s statement of the calculation of pleasure https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/847052288677066/

**Last for the week as of this writing, I posted a blog entry on how a passage from Seneca illustrates the meaning of PD3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/847094572006171/

**Thanks to all who participated the the Facebook forum this week. 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

**Options for those who wish to discuss Epicurus on the internet include:

1- If you are someone whose views are fully formed, and you’ve combined several disparate viewpoints into your own personal mix, and you mainly want to talk casually to other people of the same eclectic type, there are several excellent facebook groups including EPISTOBUZEN and “Epicureanism for Modern Times” that you can find by searching facebook.

2- If you are focused primarily on Epicurus, and you want to participate in a forum where people will defend Epicurus strongly from all challenges, then you have two Facebook options. Our open and main group, entitled simply “Epicurean Philosophy,” is the home base of this post. Anyone can read the posts there, and all you have to do is ask in order to join. (Note that there is an “About” and a “Sticky” post with our forum rules.)

3 – If you prefer to post in a “private” group where your posts are not readable by outsiders, we have “Epicurean Private Garden.” Because it is a private group, you cannot find it by searching, and you have to email one of our admins in the open group if you wish to join. Please note that our About and Sticky Post rules in the private forum are the same as the open forum, and the private forum will be moderated to the same standards as the open forum (or perhaps slightly tighter!)

4 – If you are not only focused primarily on Epicurus, but you wish to assist with a forum platform where pro-Epicurean activists can build for the future, check out http://www.EpicureanFriends.com. Work is starting on a FAQ and other resources. Anyone can read the posts, but only approved members can create new posts or comment.

**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 06/06/2015***

**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 06/06/2015***

** This is the one hundred and 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, and referenced as well at the end of this post.

** 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!”

**This week we had a particularly good set of posts on core Epicurean doctrines, and tonight (and going forward) I plan to focus on making sure you didn’t miss the most important ones, rather than try to list every one.

We had a series of excellent graphics prepared by several people. These are excellent for sharing, and I hope as many group members as possible will post and share them on their own timelines.

First, Panagiotis A. produced a series on the Principal Doctrines. Each of those generated excellent discussion, and I am listing them as follows:

**PD 6 – To secure protection from men anything is a natural good, by which you may be able to attain this end. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/837785612937067/

**PD 7 – Some men want fame and status, thinking that they would thus make themselves secure against other men. If the life of such men really were secure, they have attained a natural good; if, however, it is insecure, they have not attained the end which by nature’s own prompting they originally sought. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/838402876208674/

**PD 8 – No pleasure is in itself bad, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail annoyances many times greater than the pleasures themselves. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/838868216162140/

**PD 10 – If the objects which are productive of pleasures to profligate persons really freed them from fears of the mind—the fears, I mean, inspired by celestial and atmospheric phenomena, the fear of death, the fear of pain—if, further, they taught them to limit their desires, we should not have any reason to censure such persons, for they would then be filled with pleasure to overflowing on all sides and would be exempt from all pain, whether of body or mind, that is, from all evil. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/839817249400570/

**PD9 – If every pleasure were condensed and were present at the same time and in the whole of one’s nature or its primary parts, then the pleasures would never differ from one another. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/839550452760583/ **I want to particularly highlight this one on PD9 because it contains some excellent discussion on the nature of pleasure.

** Our other major graphics designer, Elli P., also produced several graphics on important Epicurean points:

** VS21 – “We must not force Nature but persuade her. We shall persuade her if we satisfy the necessary desires and also those bodily desires that do not harm us while sternly checking those that are harmful.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/840037286045233/

**VS 78. “The noble man is chiefly concerned with wisdom and friendship; of these, the former is a mortal good, the latter an immortal one.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/840395846009377/

**Elli also shared a link from her Greek page illustrating some confusion between Stoic and Epicurean ideas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/838760869506208/

Also as usual, Hiram C. posted a series of original articles:

**On Epicurean virtue: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/837780169604278

**Reasonings on Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/839823886066573/

**Contemplations on Tao Series – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/840060196042942/

**An excellent post about Lucian’s “science-fiction” adventure essay, cutely entitled “The True Story” – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/840151482700480/

**Other posts of note this week include:

** One by me on a graphic about a “balanced life” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/836555979726697/

** A post by me about conflicting translations (including VS42) and the need to scrutinize them for accuracy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/837134736335488/ And a related post about conflicting translations on marriage, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/837808186268143/

** A post by me to a graphic posted by a friend that gave a good opportunity to discuss the nature of pleasure. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/837771686271793/

**A post by me citing a comment by Gassendi on the Epicurean view of pleasure: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/838466879535607/

**A post to a new file upload brought to my attention by Francisco Martinez – a great article on iconography associated with Lucretius – lots of good images / etchings here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/838838269498468/

**A post by Yiannis T. to a new website containing many ancient Greek texts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/839205516128410/

**Related to Yiannis’ post, a clip from that same website about the meaning of “canon.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/839242846124677/

**A post by Alexander R. about the future of cyborgenic organisms. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/839322082783420/

**A post by Dragan N. with a quote from an unusual source with Epicurean overtones. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/839578309424464/

**And mentioning Dragan reminds me that his post from last week “Why Men Won’t Marry You” remains a hot topic https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/835121579870137/

**A post by Elli on a three year old boy with a very active imagination. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/839664222749206/

And that’s it for this week!

**Thanks to all who participated the the Facebook forum this week. 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

**Note: Here is a list of several options for those who wish to discuss Epicurus on the internet:

1- If you are someone whose views are fully formed, and you’ve combined several disparate viewpoints into your own personal mix, and you mainly want to talk casually to other people of the same eclectic type, there are several excellent facebook groups including EPISTOBUZEN and “Epicureanism for Modern Times” that you can find by searching facebook.

2- If you are focused primarily on Epicurus, and you want to participate in a forum where people will defend Epicurus strongly from all challenges, then you have two Facebook options. Our open and main group, entitled simply “Epicurean Philosophy,” is the home base of this post. Anyone can read the posts there, and all you have to do is ask in order to join. (Note that there is an “About” and a “Sticky” post with our forum rules.)

3 – If you prefer to post in a “private” group where your posts are not readable by outsiders, we have”Epicurean Private Garden.”Because it is a private group, you cannot find it by searching, and you have to email one of our admins in the open group if you wish to join. Please note that our About and Sticky Post rules in the private forum are the same as the open forum, and the private forum will be moderated to the same standards as the open forum (or perhaps slightly tighter!)

4 – If you are not only focused primarily on Epicurus, but you wish to assist with a forum platform where pro-Epicurean activists can build for the future, check out http://www.EpicureanFriends.com. Work is starting on a FAQ and other resources. Anyone can read the posts, but only approved members can create new posts or comment.