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Pleasure is key so slow down and enjoy!

Epicureanism is a philosophy built on the foundation of realism.Founded by Epicurus,

once a student at Platoʼs Academy who later went on and branched off into a life of

seclusion and moderation with his followers. This school of thought directly correlates

to the way Epicurus himself lived his life. Epicurus was a man who was clearly

content with his life, one of the issues Epicurus sets out to solve is the fear that was

so prevalent in ancient times. The idea of life after death was and is a huge basis of

uncertainty within society and through the use of physics and “atomistic materialism”

epicureanism tries to address the fact that you will die and that is the end, not exactly

a happy ending but a realist perspective nonetheless.

Pleasure is not about flashy, materialistic possessions. As long as something holds
intrinsic value pleasure and ultimately happiness is attainable.

1. You must be open minded and willing to accept the ideas that are preached.

2.You must not hide in blissfulness or ignorance, you must be willing to accept reality
and face it head on only then can you reach solace.

3. You must be able to welcome death.The roots of epicureanism is basically that you
must accept the idea of death before no longer fearing it and with that fear still within
you, you will not reach true happiness.

4. You must be open to a scientific perspective as well opposed to a strictly
philosophical standpoint.Much of the school is dependent on the scientific theories
proposed and therefore making it crucial to be accepted universally.\

5. Finally, as an epicurean you must welcome moderation with open arms.
Epicureanism is not about materialistic endeavors rather, personal definitions of
pleasure. Achieving pleasure through simplicity is the most practical and rational way
possible. Whether it be that you are not financially stable enough to enjoy lifeʼs luxuries
or you just do not wish to, the importance of enjoying the simpler things is extremely


1) Encyclopedia of World Biography | 2004 http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Epicurus.aspx

2) 2003-2012 University Press Inc http://www.ancientgreece.com/s/People/Epicurus/

3) The Epicurus & Epicurean Philosophy web site 1996- http://www.epicurus.net/

4) http://www.epicurus.net/en/history.html

5) http://atheism.about.com/library/glossary/general/bldef_epicureanism.htm -Blog


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“You don’t need to have sex or material goods to live a life of pleasure, try Epicureanism!” (By Elliot)


What is Epicureanism?

Epicureanism started off as a humble philosophy based around the philosophy of Epicurus.  He was a great materialist in the philosophical sense and believed that the world is made up of tiny atoms which move through the void of open space.  Atoms themselves are microscopic bits of matter which come together to make everything in the universe.  He did believe in the gods as having bodies made of atoms, but these atoms unlike the souls of humans did not separate.  He believed in a state of being called ataraxia, or a state of ultimate tranquility, something the gods had achieved which he believed everybody should strive to achieve.  Because this state of being was so wonderful, not even the gods were interested in the lives of humans as they were so content with existence to care, and so people should not fear or rely on the gods.  Because of this pursuit of tranquility and the easy lifestyle he proposed many people even illiterate would follow his philosophy to become one the most popular philosophies of ancient Greece.

When being an epicurean, sometimes it is best to just enjoy some of the simpler pleasures in life with some friends rather than excess 

How to be an Epicurean?

  1. First of all, one must not rely on the gods, they have found ataraxia and have no interest in human lives, and this also means people should not fear the gods for any reason.
  2. One must not fear death, since everything is made of atoms, nothing will last the tests of time.  Once you die, your body will disintegrate and so you will not be able to suffer after your death.
  3. Live a life of pleasure with good food and friends, but do not overindulge because there is a measure to everything.
  4. People should set long term goals for themselves and try to determine the best way to gain pleasure in the long term, as it means one will be happier than simply satisfying the desires for pleasure in the short term.
  5. Finally Epicureans believe in the pursuit and understanding of philosophical knowledge and scientific knowledge as both come together to help one know the limits of our universe.


Works Cited


Efired.  “Stock photo white wine on the table.”  <http://www.123rf.com/photo_10429345_white-wine-

on-the-table.html>.  web.  April 2011.  August 14, 2012.


Lendering, Jona.  “Epicurus.”  <http://www.livius.org/ei-er/epicurus/epicurus.html>.  web.  2005.

August 14, 2012.


O’ Keefe, Tim.  “Epicurus.”  http://www.iep.utm.edu/epicur/#H5.  web.  July 11, 2005.  August 14, 2012.

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Later Greek Schools of Philosophy: Stoics, Cynics, Epicureans

Today’s homework is to conduct your own research into one of the later Greek schools of Philosophy. Research your assigned school and prepare a manual telling people “How to live like a ______”

Your manual must include the following components:

1.  A slogan (2 marks)

2. Background information about the school, its origins, important figures, impact on Greek society and legacy (3 marks)

3. Five prescriptive tips on how to live like a Stoic, Cynic or Epicurean (5 marks)

4. A relevant image with an explanatory caption (2 marks)

5. Neatness, clarity, organization and well documented research (3 marks)

Total: 15 marks

Please email these to me by tomorrow morning. Your pamphlets will be posted on the blog.

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