**THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 09/12/2015***
** This is the one hundred and twenty-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, and other discussion cites are referenced at the end of this post.
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**Today before jumping into the rest of the week’s posts, I’d like to highlight the new outline of “Major Observations and Conclusions of Epicurean Philosophy” I just posted to the group. I hope this is useful to all, especially to the newcomers to the group who don’t know a full list of the important principles and how they fit together. Feel free to comment in the thread if you have comments or suggestions on making the outline better. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/885738701475091/
** Here are the highlights of this week’s posts:
**On Sep 6, Elli posted an interesting video of a “catfight” and linked to my “Catius’ Cat” poem. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/881782188537409/
**Also on Sep 6, Hiram started a thread welcoming new members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/881873705194924/
**On Sep 7, Elli, posted a graphic with Vatican Saying 54 – that we must not pretend to study philosophy, but study it in reality, for it is not the appearance of health that we need, but real health. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/882303475151947/
**On Sep 7, Uwe F. posted a link to an article on Epicurus in Italian. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006796486247
**Also on Sep 7, Dragan posted a link to Aesop’s fable of “the Flies and the Honey-Pot” which provided some good discussion. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/882303055151989/
**On Sep 12, Hiram posted a link to an article on Philodemus. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/885361041512857/
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