The Essential Epicurus, Paperback Book

The Essential Epicurus Paperback

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An ancient philosopher who has been greatly misunderstood throughout history. If you lack the belief in a god, his philosophy is based on: good is what brings pleasure and avoids pain - but not what is recognized as being self-indulgent. Some pleasures work against you, some pains are beneficial. Much modern philosophy builds upon this foundation.

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A small collection of Epicurus's work. Very little remains of this prolific author, but these letters and fragments do a good job of laying out his philosophy. At times it is startling how modern it sounds, reminding us that our ancestors were often thinking about the same things we are, and smart enough to figure a lot of things out, even if they were unable to establish proof without the modern scientific apparatus. Many of the things he got wrong at least made sense based on his observations.