**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 07/25/2015***
** This is the one hundred and sixteenth 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.
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** The summer continues to be a little slow, but we had a number of good discussions (see below) even as events in Greece reduced in intensity from a boil to a simmer. Here are the highlights of the past week:
**Samej D. linked to “Naturalistic Traditions: Were Epicurus and the Atomists Naturalistic?”
**Hiram posted to an article that needed deconstructing entitled “We Never Really Die….” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/859041297478165/
**This past week contained the Twentieth of July, and commemorations were posted by me (https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/859886300726998/ ) and one of our most reliable long-term observers of the Twentieth: Steve K.: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/860295227352772/ Steve K’s gets the award for widest interest, as his graphic of seasoned french fries was accompanied by the title “Sex-pectations: The Problem With Having Sex….”
**Also on the Twentieth, I linked to an article with some sligh (or unintentional humor) about Greeks trusting banks. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/859930244055937/
**Elli reminded us of an older post on the difference between Stoicism and Epicurean philosophy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/860515347330760/
**Samej D. linked to a video that in the end had a good message I think Epicurus would have endorsed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/861297047252590/
**Yiannis T. linked to an article on Alan Watts and Acceptance of Death. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/861470477235247/
**Elli posted new graphics with a cite to Lucretius Book 1: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/861811883867773/
**Winning the “most commented post of the week” award was Elli in her post about Angela Merkel and religion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/860723947309900/
**And topping off the week was a graphic of Epicurus superimposed on a Greek flag, with commentary we’ll need a translator to understand.
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