Epicureanism: The Greek Philosophy That Created Our World and Our Values

Because Epicureans viewed organized religion as exploitative and cruel, Christians painted them as shallow slaves to bodily pleasures.  (see picture above left)

But ironically, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Epicurean hedonism refines the definition of pleasure, almost to the point of non-existence.  The absence of pain is pleasure.  The “greatest good was to seek modest, sustainable "pleasure" in the form of a state of tranquility and freedom from fear and absence of bodily pain through knowledge of the workings of the world and the limits of our desires. The combination of these two states is supposed to constitute happiness in its highest form.”  

Epicurean ethics re-emerged in the 18th Century as utilitarianism. Today it is largely considered the only rational basis for determining “good.”  

In a nutshell, it is where we get our regard for

life, health and happiness.       

 



  


 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 







[1] Epicurean/utilitarian views strongly contradict Christianity’s traditional theme that all happiness is in the afterlife and no concern should be given to earthly pleasures. 

 




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    October 31, 2013

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