**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 08/01/2015***
** This is the one hundred and seventeenth 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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** After several slow weeks in July we’ve had a burst of activity to start August. And credit for the most-commented post of the week (perhaps the full year!) goes to Cecil the lion and Elli: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/863686343680327/ This post of course covered the killing of Cecil the lion, but also covered a wide range of issues. Closely related to that post was this one, also by Elli, on another “big game” hunter: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/864879300227698/ And also related was “The Hidden History of Greco-Roman Vegetarianism”: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/864171380298490/
** In other posts:
** My “Action As A Requirement of Pleasure” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/862580217124273/
**In another animal post, Alexander R. on dolphins: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/862814547100840/
**Elli prepared a new graphic to mark the discovery of an earth-like planet in another galaxy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/862814870434141/
**Douglas M.da.S. asked about “An Archaeology of Ataraxia” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/863011853747776/
**Elli posted an excellent essay on Christianity by Emma Goldman: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/862591103789851/
**Elli prepared a new graphic on a comment by Nietzsche about Epicurus: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/863303370385291/
**Hiram linked to a video about Epicurus on Friendship: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/863713037010991/
**Domagoj started a thread on Epicurean political thought: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/862838913765070/
**Hiram linked to an article on “meaning” as healthier than “happiness” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/863468200368808/
**Elli created an excellent graphic based on a passage from Lucian on the importance of clear thinking. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/864038543645107/
**Richard A started a thread on Buddha, Epicurus, and Lao Tse: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/864521853596776/
**I started an article on “Purging Yourself of Stoicism” based on an article Domagoj sent my way: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/864925646889730/
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