Epicurus Essays

  • Epicurus

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    Epicurus Epicurus was a philosopher who was believed to be the one with all the answers to life. He encouraged the Ideal of Good Life, to live simple lives by seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. Epicurus views worries as unnecessary and unnatural desires. If these desires are avoided, he believes that all worries will be eliminated. Epicurus' metaphysical theory was based on Democritus's view of atoms. They were monists who believed all is matter, the soul is equivalent to the mind and

  • Argumentative Essay On Epicurus

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    discoveries. This allows us to attain a more authentic life, entering a state of ataraxia, shunning our empty desires. I will argue that although the relation is intuitive, when considered in light of Nussbaum’s medicine model there are some problems. Epicurus is typically portrayed as a hedonist, as his teaching centres on

  • Atomism: Democritus And Epicurus

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    Atomism: Democritus and Epicurus In the Atomists, we see pluralism taken as far as it could possibly go. We see Democritus and Epicurus divide all the world, as well as the universe, into two categories; atoms and empty space. Everything else is merely thought to exist. The atoms are eternal, infinite in size and number and they are moving through the empty space. There is no motion without empty space. Both Democritus and Epicurus agreed that motion was impossible in a plenum, but

  • Q&A: The Three Principles of Epicurus and Lucretius

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    Overview 2-5, about LS§4 ‘The principles of conservation’ 1. What are the three principles that Epicurus and Lucretius are arguing for in these passages? (i) Things do not come to be out of what is not, out of nothing. (ii) Things do not pass into nothing; things are not literally annihilated. (iii) The totality of things was and will forever be as it is now; this totality does not change, and there is nothing external to that things might be introduced to change it. It is evident that

  • Socrates and Epicurus - Live Life Without Fear of Death

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    philosophers such as Socrates and Epicurus would argue that one has no reason to fear it. Socrates sees death as a blessing to be wished for if death is either nothingness or a relocation of the soul, whereas Epicurus argues that one shouldn't worry themselves about death since, once we are gone, death is annihilation which is neither good nor bad. Epicurus believes that death itself is a total lack of perception, wherein there is no pleasure or pain. I agree with Epicurus because Socrates doesn't give

  • Ethics Of The Hellenistic World

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    path, and as for Aristotle, he held the middle ground in this debate of the minds, feeling that moderation was the key to complete happiness. Epicurus' ethics was a form of egoistic hedonism, meaning that the only thing essentially valuable is one's own pleasure. Anything else that has value is valuable merely as a means to securing pleasure for oneself. Epicurus associated this theory to a refined and individual view of the nature of pleasure, which lead him to recommend a virtuous, moderately frugal

  • What Constitutes Knowledge?

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    question gets more complicated with thought. This can be witnessed by the many different epistemological theories put forward throughout the ages. This can specifically be seen by looking at 4 different classical views on knowledge, those of Plato, Epicurus, the Stoics and the Skeptics. As it was stated in the opening paragraph of this essay everyone has their own theory of what constitutes knowledge. That is why I think it would be beneficial for me to state what I believe knowledge is. First of

  • Mistakes Of Epicureanism

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    the highest good, beginning with the philosopher, Epicurus. (why does the religion have this trait?) Between the years of 341-270 B.C.E, a man who will go down in history as one of the greatest philosophers of ancient Greece was born and he goes by the name of Epicurus. There isn’t much known about him as a child but as he grew older he became most famous for trying to figure out the hardest puzzle on earth, what makes people happy? Epicurus knew for sure that people was constantly looking for

  • The Nature of Death

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    regarding the abstract idea of death. Two Hellenistic philosophers Epicurus and Epictetus take very different approaches to prove that death is insignificant and nothing to worry about. Epicurus argues that death is the unequivocal end of our existence, and Epictetus claims it is something that we have no control over. Both examine the nature of death in an attempt to achieve ataraxia or a tranquil state of mind. However, Epicurus and Epictetus fail to address the true emotional nature of death and

  • Symbolism In The Utopia

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    The Utopians also observe that the citizens others countries have a fixation on gems and precious stones and that they take a great amount of pleasure if they can buy one that is extraordinary and even greater pleasure if it is a kind that is highly sought after. The jeweller selling a gem must swear that it is authentic, even though a passing glance would not be able to distinguish if it was a counterfeit or a real one. The Utopians also find that those who take pleasure in amassing wealth for no

  • Meaning of life

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    The True Meaning of Life What is the meaning of life? Well known Greek philosphers such as Socrates and Plato believed that our purpose in this life was to gain knowledge in preparation for the next life. Other Philosophers such as Epicurus believed that pleasure is the main goal in life. After giving these ideas lots of thought, I have come to my own conclusion that the true meaning of life is far more complex than either of these; far too complex for any human to fully comprehend. In fact these

  • Pleasure - The Driving Force in all Human Achievement

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    pleasure and minimize pain; this is the essence of man. Aristippus was one of the first philosophers of ancient Greece to state that the focus of life is pleasure. He said that "The highest good is pleasure, the greatest evil is pain." (Gaarder, 132) Epicurus expanded his ideas around 300 BC, saying that the pleasurable results of an action must always be weighed against its possible side effects. He believed that momentary pleasure should be weighed against the possibility of greater, more lasting, or

  • The Meaning of Life and Death

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    Luper, Steven. "Death." The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. Edward N. Zalta. 2002. <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2002/entries/death/>. O'Keefe, Tim. “Epicurus.” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2001. <http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/e/epicur.htm>. Vincent Cook. Principle Doctrines: Epicurus. <http://www.epicurus.net/principal.html>.

  • Epicureanism

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    ideals of a man named Epicurus. Epicureanism is defined by Epicurus as the pleasure for the end of all morality and that real pleasure is attained through a life of prudence, honor, and justice. Epicurus introduced this philosophy around 322 B.C, and two schools established in Athens. Epicurus taught the ethics of his philosophy in his school, that a person should live by “the art of making life happy”, and that “prudence is the noblest part of philosophy”(newadvent.org). Epicurus ideals for life intrigued

  • Julius Caesar

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    Caesar described him best. He said (act1, scene 2, line 195), “Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous”. Cassius is very superstitious. This is shown when he says (act 5, scene 1, line 75) “ you know I held Epicurus strong, and his opinion. Now I change my mind, and partly credit things that do presage…”. He believes in omen and signs that foretell events to come. Cassius is conceded. This is shown when he says to Brutus (act1, scene 2, line 116), “ And this

  • Epicurean Ethics

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    information on Epicurus be given. Epicurus was both a hedonist as well as an egoist, and was very concerned with how people get happiness. He was a psychological hedonist because he argued that we aim only at pleasure for its own sake. He was an ethical hedonist because he believed that only pleasure has true value. Similarly, he was called both a psychological and ethical egoist because he claimed that what we are aiming for and what is valuable to each of us is our own pleasure. (Epicurus (1994) text

  • The Implausibility of Ataraxia

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    ways from what most would characterize as hedonism. Consequently, Epicurus is able to construct a great many controversial (and perhaps counterintuitive) views on particularly delicate subjects like death, the gods, friendship, and society. I find the issue of death to be one of the most glaring holes in all of Epicurean ethics. How are we to reconcile an ethical doctrine of hedonism with the issue of death? The manner in which Epicurus defines his hedonism sheds an alternative light on the world, a

  • Epicurus Paradox

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    omniscient. Although the deity has these formidable traits, there is still evil in world. This is a paradox, so we must ask ourselves does that deity truly have those powers? Some might claim we might have to bite the bullet one of the “trinity” Epicurus was an ancient greek philosopher who constructed the Epicurean Paradox. This paradox starts with the premise that God is omnipotent, omnibenevolent, and omniscient. “If God is willing to prevent Evil, but not able. Then he is not omnipotent. Is

  • Philosophic Principles of Creativity

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    explanation of the substance and of the mechanisms of creative activity. If asked - how creation in general is possible, what are its necessary premises and impulses - the answer was given aut of the trinity: God /Plato, G.W.F.Hegel, N.Berdyaev/, Nature /Epicurus, B.Spinoza, H.Bergson/, Human Being /C.A.Helvetius, K.Marx, J.P.Sartre/. Such abilities of the human beeng as intuition, imagination and fantasy have been united in the mechanisms of creation. Some thinkers have been explaining them through perceiving

  • A Comparative Analysis Of Philippa Foot's View Of Hedonism

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    offer their own interpretation of the theory. This paper will focus on the Epicurean view. Epicurus, a Greek philosophers born in 341 B.C., generated a significant measure of controversy amongst laymen and philosophical circles in regards to his view of the good life. Philosophers whom teachings predate Epicurus’ tended to focus on the question of “How can human beings live a good, morally sound, life?” Epicurus ruffled feathers and ultimately expanded the scope of philosophy by asking “What makes people