Samantha Akins Michael Teske CLAS RELI305 December 2017 Epicureanism-Stoicism Among the different philosophical schools there are differing views on the natures of the gods, and since there can essentially be only one truth in this matter, the views are at odds with each other. To establish a background, Epicureanism was founded by Epicurus, a Greek philosopher from 300 B.C. Only small fragments of his work survived, so one of the fullest reliable sources of his Greek philosophical ideas is De Rerum
THESIS STATEMENT In Hellenistic Greece, Epicureanism and Stoicism were two influential philosophies encouraging a life of happiness; these philosophies were similar in their belief of the afterlife, but differed in their beliefs of the gods and the approach to attain happiness in life. PURPOSE STATEMENT Through research and analysis, it is shown that Epicureanism and Stoicism both portrayed the general idea of a content life, but had more differences than similarities in their various beliefs.
THESIS STATEMENT The philosophical ideas of Epicureanism and Stoicism taught how to live a comfortable and satisfactory life, although they maintained similar aspects, Epicurus and Zeno’s teachings incorporated exceptional differences. PURPOSE STATEMENT In examining literary works, documents, and articles referring to the notable aspects of Epicureanism and Stoicism, the contrasts and discrepancies of these philosophical theories are clear. INTRODUCTION In ancient Greece, many philosophers professed
The study of ethics has for many years divided the philosophy community into competing schools of thought. Two of these schools, Stoicism and Epicureanism, have wrestled with the specific question “How can I be happy?” While the answer may appear obvious at first, the two schools have developed competing theories of happiness that prove it is not such an easy question to answer. The Stoics argue that the way to a happy life is through pursuing virtue. In comparison, the Epicureans argue that a happy
civilization, came new forms of religion. Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Skepticism came into play for those that were considered intellectuals. While those less philosophically inclined, chose to worship fortune, or lean towards the more emotional religions of Oriental origin. The Orphic and Eleusinian mystery cults because more popular than ever before, while the worship of Isis, the Egyptian mother-goddess, seemed for a time to almost become a world religion. Stoicism was the belief that emotions were
Religious beliefs and societal standards among other ideas coexist with my personal morals and the major Greek philosophies we have studied that I believe blend well with my lifestyle and ethics are Epicureanism, Stoicism and Aristotelianism. According to The Western Humanities, the goal of Epicureanism is to reach autarky (or self-sufficiency) through conducting kind acts towards people. The philosophy stresses the value of having stable, platonic friendships to achieve happiness rather than constantly
particular stems from it’s direct contradictions with all of the actions, and qualities Cicero deems necessary to live the ideal life. Despite the Epicurean aim of pursuing a simple, pleasure filled life, Cicero argues that the very tenants of Epicureanism directly conflict with the pro...
This influence of the Greeks in Roman philosophy is most evident in the widespread acceptance of Epicureanism and Stoicism in the Roman Empire. Epicureanism and Stoicism both started around third century BC in Athens, yet they differed in important ways. Stoics believed self-control had precedent over all else and in doing right on all occasions, regardless of personal pleasure or wealth. Epicureanism on the other hand held the belief that there was no eternal soul; hence the goal of life, was not
Who is Marcus Aurelius? What did he do to make his mark in the pages of history? Why did the people of Rome respect and admire him? To the common person, Marcus was just a man who was an emperor of Rome and just another person who helped shaped this world. Marcus Aurelius was more than that! Anthony Birley writes, “The acquaintance of a man like Marcus Aurelius is an imperishable benefit.” The character of Marcus Aurelius is truly special, but was molded by many important people and figures
The New Testament, a compilation of ancient texts dating from the birth of Jesus Christ to an unknown Second Coming of Christ, is a very important document to the archaeological history of the world, as well as the history of man on Earth. However, one would wonder how and why it was written, what influenced it, who were the people involved in it, what events surround it, and so on. Essentially, what truly influence the New Testament to stand at its current status quo? The attempt is made here