Epicurus

How Philosophy and Science Can Help You Cope With Death

<b>You are going to die. So am I. These are facts.</b><p>The question of how to deal with the reality of death is one as old as mankind. Billions of people, …

Martin Heidegger

How Not to ‘Epicurean’

Epicurus apparently suffered from kidney stones and eventually he died of one at age 78. The account I recall is that he got in a hot bath to reduce …

Seneca to Lucilius: on practicing what you preach

Home <b>›</b> Seneca to Lucilius <b>›</b> <b>Seneca to Lucilius: on practicing what you preach</b><p><i>on</i> November 20, 2017 • ( 0 )<p>Seneca begins his twentieth letter to his …

9 Mind-Expanding Books Of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide To Practical Philosophy)

Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are …

German Philosophy

Is Epicurus the father of Reinforcement Learning?. (arXiv:1710.04582v1 [cs.LG])

Authors: Eleni VasilakiThe Epicurean Philosophy is commonly thought as simplistic and hedonistic. Here I discuss how this is a misconception and …

Reinforcement Learning

Goodbye, Dave! The Cartoon History of Humanism Signs Off

Well, folks, it looks like Dave’s journey through the “Cartoon History of Humanism” is coming to an end. (And let me just say that we here at …

T-shirts

Don’t be a poached egg on legs, just be yourself

Nick Gibb and reading | Job opportunity for George Osborne | An Epicurean life | Fashion advice for Stephen Moss<p>I was disgusted to see Jeremy Corbyn not only reading our book Bear Hunt to a group of small children but also showing them the text (Election 2017, 22 April). Schools minister Nick Gibb …

George Osborne

Four More Maxims from Epicurus

“Whoever understands the limits of life knows that it is extremely easy to take away the pain of want and to make all of life fulfilled. Then he …

The Lost Works of Epicurus, a List

<b>From Diogenes Laertius, 10.27-28</b><p>37 Seven books On Nature<br>Περὶ φύσεως ἑπτὰ καὶ τριάκοντα.<p>On Atoms and Emptiness<br>Περὶ ἀτόμων καὶ κενοῦ.<p>On Lust<br>Περὶ ἔρωτος.<p>…

ataraxia: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

ataraxia: a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.

H.P. Lovecraft

A kinder, gentler philosophy of success | Alain de Botton

https://download.ted.com/talks/AlaindeBotton_2009G-64k.mp4Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions …

German Philosophy

Happiness Should Be A Verb — A Thing We Do, Not Be

1. Many need a new “happiness.” The pursuit of which is more attuned to a key logic built into our biology (and which matches some mostly forgotten, …

Happiness

Epicurus For Today

Luke Slattery argues that the ancient philosophy of the Garden offers an attractive answer to some of the challenges of the modern world.

Karl Marx

Monday Meslier: 5 – It Is Not Necessary To Believe in a God and the Most Reasonable Thing is Not to Think Of Him

Jean Meslier<p>No religious system can be founded otherwise than upon the nature of God and of men, and upon the relations they bear to each other. But, …

Atheism

What Epicurus Can Teach Us about Freedom and Happiness

I had been covering the presidential election on talk radio, and my mind was a cracked and scrambled egg. So I picked up a book, at random, as a …

Economics

A different view on Hatay’s skeleton mosaic

Özgen Acar<p>Just as the “Gypsy Girl (Maeaned)” mosaic has become the symbol of Gaziantep, “the skeleton mosaic” seems likely to become the symbol of …

Archaeology

Making Obligation Travel Meaningful

Here's how to get the most from a trip out of town, even when it's not a vacation.<p>One of my all-time favorite travel experiences lasted just half an hour. I was with my former college roommate, Keith, and we’d just spent the weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, for a friend’s wedding. The weekend was …

Travel

Epicurus

Epicurus (341 BCE – 270 BCE) was an ancient Greek philosopher, the founder of the Epicurean school in Athens, who taught that "Pleasure is the …

British Philosophy

Does my death harm me?

Some people fear flying; some fear buttons; and many, many people fear their own death. We might try to argue a friend out of their fear of flying or …

Does death rob our lives of meaning?

In the previous post, we met the argument with which Epicurus hoped to cure our fear of death and, with that, our fear of everything else. But we …

Philosophy

Seneca on Letting the Eminent Dead Guide You

<i>“One who can so revere another, will soon himself be worthy of reverence.”</i> <br>— Seneca***There’s a core part of Charlie Munger’s operating system for …

Charlie Munger

Why is death bad?

Even without a hereafter, dying gets a bad rap. But why exactly is it no good – because of what happens, or what doesn’t?<i>By Eric Olson</i>Read at Aeon

Charlie Parker

Five Fascinating Facts about Epicurus

Fun facts about the philosopher Epicurus 1. Much of what we know about Epicurus’ philosophy is wrong. Epicureanism, the name of the philosophy …

Literature

Lucretius, face to face

Lucretius is the Marmite of Roman literature. For some of my colleagues the <i>De Rerum Natura</i>, “On the Nature of the Universe” (<i>DRN</i>), his attempt to …

How to Live With Less Stuff But More Happiness

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus“Do …

Happiness

Does God Live in Our Zip Code?

In her book, <i>Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity</i>, the philosopher Catharine Wilson has asserted that "we are all, in a sense, Epicureans now." The biblical scholar N. T. Wright quotes Wilson, and calls her assessment "spot on."<p>When I was a young man, I thought Epicureans were people who ate …

News (U.S.)

What did the ancient Greeks believe?

Tim Whitmarsh sets out to show that atheism was quite normal in classical Greece. But it’s a more slippery notion than he realises<p>It is a curious fact that the modern Hebrew for ‘atheist’, Tim Whitmarsh notes in passing, is <i>apikoros</i>. The word derives from Epicurus, who set up shop as a philosopher …

Atheism

Coping: Epicurus was right about friendship

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: Such bonds are essential to human happiness – but it’s important to know when to walk away<p>Most Read

Relationships

Epicureanism: eat, drink, and be merry?

Most people have a good idea what it is to have a Stoical attitude to life, but what it means to have an Epicurean attitude is not so obvious. When …

Philosophy

What You’re Meant To Do: Career Advice from Ancient Wisdom

I live in the DC area and one topic that inevitably comes up is career. Depending on the crowd, you’ll hear about the people still figuring what they …

Tim Ferriss