Epicureanism: A Collection of Online Resources and Key Quotes

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This page aims to make learning about Epicureanism as easy as possible by bringing together the best articles, podcasts, and videos from across the internet onto one page. To get started, simply choose one of the resources listed below, or browse a selection of key quotes by Epicurus and Lucretius at the bottom of the page. Encyclopedia Articles This section features articles from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The SEP is probably the most comprehensive online philosophy resource. It features in-depth articles on a …

The Five Best Books on Epicureanism

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This page contains a list of the best books on Epicureanism. Just to be clear, there is no single best book on Epicureanism. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend reading about Epicureanism. An 800-page scholarly overview is unlikely to be best for someone looking for a short beginner-friendly introduction, for example. This list aims to take this ambiguity into account by featuring books that will appeal to a variety of learning styles. Secondly, this …

Pleasure as the Highest Good – a short reading from Epicurus’ ‘Letter to Menoeceus’

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Introduction In this passage from the Letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus (341 – 270 B.C.), summarizes two of his most famous ethical doctrines: that death should not be feared and that pleasure is the highest good. However, pleasure for Epicurus is not the indulgence of fine foods, drinking beer, and sex. Pleasure is simply the absence of pain. So for Epicurus, a simple life of quiet contemplation is the most pleasurable and therefore ideal life. Reading Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in …