Stoic Six Pack 3

Stoic Six Pack 3

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"It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself."

- Epicurus.

Founded in the fourth century BC, Epicureanism was the main alternative philosophy to Stoicism. Based upon the teachings of Greek philosopher Epicurus, the philosophy propounded an ethic of individual pleasure as the sole or chief good in life. Epicurus advocated living in such a way as to derive the greatest amount of pleasure possible during one's lifetime, yet doing so moderately in order to avoid the suffering incurred by overindulgence in such pleasure. It is not the same as hedonism which advocates the partaking in fleeting pleasures such as constant partying, sexual excess and decadent food. Epicurus considered prudence an important virtue and perceived excess and overindulgence to be contrary to the attainment of true happiness. The emphasis was placed on pleasures of the mind rather than on physical pleasures. For Epicurus, who you dine with is more important than what you eat.

Epicurus lived a celibate life but did not impose this restriction on his followers. He ran a school from his home called The Garden, a small but prestigious gathering that emphasized friendship as an important ingredient of happiness. It was a sophisticated place by Athenian standards, counting women and slaves among its members and it was the first recorded organization to make vegetarianism a way of life.

The school's popularity grew and it became, along with Stoicism and Skepticism, one of the three dominant schools of Hellenistic Philosophy. Epicureanism flourished for seven centuries.

Stoic Six Pack 3: The Epicureans brings together six Epicurean master works:

The Letters of Epicurus

Principal Doctrines of Epicurus

De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum by Cicero

On The Nature of Things by Lucretius

Upon The Gardens of Epicurus by William Temple

Stoics vs Epicureans by Robert Drew Hicks

These six texts provide a full introduction to Epicureanism from Epicurus himself in Letters and Principal Doctrines, perspective from perhaps the most articulate Roman of all, Cicero, in De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, poetic elucidation from Lucretius in On The Nature of Things, analysis from English philosopher William Temple in Upon The Gardens of Epicurus and a direct comparision of Epicureanism with Stoicism in Robert Hicks' lively essay Stoics vs Epicureans.

Thomas Jefferson referred to himself as an Epicurean. It is reasonable to infer that Epicurus had an influence on the founding father when he penned the immortal phrase ..". life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." More recently, Stephen Greenblatt, in his best selling book The Swerve, identified himself as strongly sympathetic to Epicureanism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 576.06g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1514178095
  • 9781514178096

About Lucretius

Epicurus (341-270 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. Only a few fragments and letters of Epicurus's 300 written works remain. Much of what is known about Epicurean philosophy derives from later followers and commentators.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.

Titus Lucretius Carus (c. 99 BC-c. 55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher. His only known work is the epic philosophical poem De rerum natura about the tenets and philosophy of Epicureanism, and which is usually translated into English as On the Nature of Things. Very little is known about Lucretius's life; the only certain fact is that he was either a friend or client of Gaius Memmius, to whom the poem was addressed and dedicated.

Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet (25 April 1628 - 27 January 1699) was an English statesman and essayist. The later-famous Jonathan Swift was his secretary.

Robert Drew Hicks (1850-1929) was a classical scholar, and a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was college lecturer in Classics from 1884 to 1900. Between 1898 and 1900 Robert Hicks became blind, but he nevertheless produced most of his major works after this time, aided by his wife.
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