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What is most important in life?

To crush your enemies. To see them driven before you. To hear the lamentation of the women.
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Epicureans in Judea

There were Epicureans in Judea, as we learn mostly, or entirely, from their opponents. As it turns out, Epicurus' name has the distinction of being the only1 philosopher named in the Mishnah (Avot 2:...
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What does Epicurus mean by "prudence"?

The answer to this question seems to be in the linked missive. Using a different source for the text — the one you linked seems to be corrupted — we find the following (quoted at length; emphasis mine)...
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The joy of resolving a philosophical doubt

To the best of my knowledge, this specific example is probably something that the author thought up, but it is entirely consistent with the limited source material. In particular I can point to one ...
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Is Epicureanism more like egoism or utilitarianism

It is not entirely clear what Epicurus meant by 'pleasure'. It does seem fairly clear, however, that 'maximisation' of pleasure does not capture his view. So if this is a utiitarian element, it needs ...
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Is Epicureanism more like egoism or utilitarianism

In Epicurus' philosophy peace of mind is the goal of life. Pleasure and pain are the root of good and evil. In this way qualities like virtue and justice derive from these roots. It's impossible to ...
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Reasons to fear death

Philosophers like Tomas Aquinas and Agustin Hipona wrote that we have fear of death because we were not born for it. Agustin Hipona, De Civitate Dei/City of God, Book XI, Ch. 11, 27 What! do not ...
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Death and Epictetus

See Epicurus' Psychology and Ethics : For Epicurus, there are some fears that are perfectly legitimate; so too are some desires. Epicurus offers a classification of desires into three types: some ...
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Is Epicureanism a form of Hedonism?

I had the impression that Epicureanism suggests a moderate approach towards pleasure as a way to avoid a backlash of pain caused by delving too deep in pleasure sources, for instance the reactions ...
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Modern Epicureanism

Nietzsche (1844-1901) held a dual attitude to Epicureanism. (1) He associated 'plebeian' Epicureanism with utilitarianism and rejected it contemptuously. He also linked plebeian Epicureanism somewhat ...
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What is most important in life?

The most dangerous part of your question is "XYZ philosophy seems most logical" Gödel was certainly the greatest logician of the twentieth century and at least arguably the greatest of all ...
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What is the difference between Nietzsche view on suffering and the Epicurean view on suffering?

I think Nietzsche would revere the strong and let pain be as part of life, and if it allows "life" to get stronger. But he would probably at the same time condone enjoying pleasure to the ...
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What is most important in life?

Better change your approach: When you born, you're given time. Those who don't have much of it are poorer than those that have more. It is not money the real richness: it is time. Because you can do ...
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What is most important in life?

Do you want truisms? It is unreasonable to take the happy life of someone moral and destroy it, but you could subject it to all sorts of analysis, if you so choose, Freudian, philosophical. Death is ...
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Epicurus's claim that the mind is in the heart

Mind in the heart was a common Greek view, not specific to Epicurus, see Why did ancient Greeks think of "heart as seat of soul"? Epicurus's works are not extant, except for three letters on ...
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Does Buddhist anatta present additional problems with the "no harm" thesis about death?

The Buddhist approach is that being born as a human is the most favourable situation to reach awakening. Rebirth, is overwhelmingly likely to be into less favourable conditions - one metaphor is that ...
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Is it rationally possible to believe in a sensationless soul after death?

I suspect that memories are stored in the brain, and so a soul would probably be bored without a body; without sensation, it might not be worth calling such a soul's existence "life" at all.
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Theories of rationality/emotions which make Epicurus' death argument work?

For Epicurus, the problem with the fear of death is the same as with any other sort of fear for him. It is firstly an obstacle to knowledge. One has to remember that he grounds his Ethics with a ...
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What are Epicurean Virtues?

How do all virtues stem from prudence in Epicurus' view ? The following passage, too dense to summarise so I quote it, throws some light. The second paragraph contains the key material but the first ...
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Reasons to fear death

I'm 35. Once, I did my own independent thinking and saw that it was separate from remembering the past of how I looked ahead at the future. So I thought of it as a property of the past and did my own ...
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What are some criticisms of Epicurus' "death is nothing to us"?

Harry S. Silverstein's paper "The Evil of Death" is the most comprehensive piece of literature on this subject. It discusses the Epicurean view and the commonplace understanding that death is ...
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Where can I find material on Epicureanism?

I thought I'd add to the other answers that, while there are no extant books by Epicurus himself, De Rerum Natura, by the Epicurean philosopher Lucretius, has been preserved almost in its entirety. ...
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