How to Be an Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well

by Catherine Wilson

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How to Be an Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well

by Catherine Wilson


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  • Conventions Vs Nature & Empiricism:

    If we’re talking about ethics, Epicureanism is all about pleasure and pain. More specifically, we can adapt our lives to the world around us, instead of trying to change the world by force. Epicureanism conceptualizes two types of things, natural and artificial (or conventional). Natural things are

  • Death:

    According to the Epicureans, human beings are atomic, material objects that will never experience anything beyond death; therefore, there is no reason to mourn. Since the afterlife does not exist, death should be seen as an expected event. The real tragedy is when a person fails to see this and grie

  • Love:

    All love relationships have their challenges, and even the most passionate romances aren't immune to pain. Epicurus and Lucretius both saw this clearly — they fully grasped that love comes with its share of difficulties.

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