***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 6/7/2014***

ThisWeekInEpicureanism**This is the fifty-eighth in a series of weekly updates with news from the world of Epicureanism. Our home base for discussion of Epicurean philosophy is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ and copies of these posts are stored at http://www.epicurus.englishboards.com/t19-this-week-in-epicureanism and EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com. Please consider joining us on the Facebook forum so your facebook feed will be updated with the most recent postings.
** This has been a particularly good week on the forum, and I think we’ve ended the week on a high note with new participants and ideas for making things better. Let me recap where I think we are in the “online world of Epicureanism”:
** First let me say where I think we’re NOT. We’re *not* working on building a cult; we’re *not* trying to be creepy and obsessive about ancient history; we’re *not* trying to take the place of a professional academic study group where we show off our knowledge of trivia; we’re *not* looking to provide a home for everyone in the world who knows how to spell the word “philosophy.” As I see it we are ordinary people of good will who understand that happy living requires a framework of thinking. Although we’ve each started from any number of different perspectives, we’ve independently come to think that Epicurus had some particularly insightful things to say, and we’d like to learn more about his views as they might help us in living our own lives.
**There are a number of conversation lists in which one can discuss Epicurus on the internet. One that immediately comes to mind is here: http://www.epicurus.net/en/epl.html I don’t participate in that one as much as I would like, but it is available and contains some very good people. It is, however, built on the old model of a “list-serve,” so it is based on traditional email.
**Facebook is something of a brave new world. It provides amazing opportunities, along with a number of hazards and dangers. As we are a philosophy known to be identified with the phrase “live unknown,” we certainly want to be careful in how we go about spreading our names and faces across the world at large. I like to point out, however, that we don’t have the context for “live unknown” to evaluate its limitations, and it’s obvious that even Epicurus himself did not let the desire for privacy get in the way of conducting an outreach campaign to friends across the world.
** Our current “Epicurean Philosophy” facebook group is “open” – which means that anyone can see what we post. I need not remind most of you that there are controversial aspects to Epicureanism, so I suggest that people be circumspect in what they post and how they identify themselves in an open group like this. Perhaps in the future we can add a “closed/private” group as an adjunct to this one, but for now we need to keep in mind that there are few if any filters on who can choose to read what we write.
**I think we have a consensus that our present group is, and will always be, a place for light and happy discussion; a place to come into contact with others from across the world who share our similar interests; and not a place for bitterness or strife or unpleasantness of any kind. We have two good moderators here (three if you want to count me) and they’ve established a track record of good judgment and interest in our topic that we can count on to keep the group on an even keel. Continue reading

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***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 5/31/2014***

**This is the fifty-seventh in a series of weekly updates with news from the world of Epicureanism. Copies of these posts are stored at http://www.epicurus.englishboards.com/t19-this-week-in-epicureanism and EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com . Our home base for discussion of Epicurean philosophy is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ Please consider joining us there so your facebook feed will be updated with the most recent postings.

** Let me start out the week by encouraging you to follow along and participate in the Facebook page discussions. Most of us who have “liked” one of the various Epicurus pages would profit from increasing our knowledge about the history of Epicureanism and how it applies today. I know that I still feel like I have only glimpsed the tip of the iceberg of what is out there. One of the best ways I have found to learn more has been to see the comments that others make in their own studies. In fact that is largely what my own blog (www.NewEpicurean.com) is all about. Since 2010 I have been recording my observations about Epicureanism as I have come across new resources. In doing so I think I have much improved my own understanding of the philosophical issues. I hope the posts have been of benefit to others as well, but it is very much as Epicurus said – that the study of philosophy is one activity where the pleasure comes along with the doing, rather than long afterwards.

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***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 5/24/2014***

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 5/24/2014***

**This is the fifty-sixth in a series of weekly updates with news from the world of Epicureanism. Now that we’ve been going with this for over a year, it’s time for a few changes that I’ll briefly explain. Over the last year, these updates have been something of a collaboration between myself and Mequa, who has been the host of the Epicurean Philosophy Today forum athttp://www.epicurus.englishboards.com/t19-this-week-in-epicureanism . Mequa has decided to move on in his philosophic interests and away from our particular Facebook groups. I’m very sorry to see him go, and I hope you will all join me in wishing him well in pursuing his future interests. We’ll miss him and hope for his return one day. Continue reading