How to Be an EpicureanHow to Be an Epicurean
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How to Be an Epicurean

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Catherine Wilson

Epicureanism, an ancient philosophy, prompts us to pursue pleasure, avoid pain, and act ethically. Neither does it involve supernatural beliefs nor an afterlife, yet it's not pessimistic. Instead, it urges us to embrace the joys and marvels of our current existence.

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How to Be an Epicurean introduces the Epicurean philosophy to the modern era. This captivating "theory of everything" extends beyond the mere pursuit of pleasure, offering guidance for experiencing a pleasant, moral, and meaningful life in today's world.

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Epicureanism, an ancient philosophy, prompts us to pursue pleasure, avoid pain, and act ethically. Neither does it involve supernatural beliefs nor an afterlife, yet it's not pessimistic. Instead, it urges us to embrace the joys and marvels of our current existence.

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Epicureanism goes beyond pleasure - it's an all-encompassing philosophy.

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Epicureanism lacks any belief in supernatural powers, making it remarkably aligned with modern perspectives.

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Epicurean ethics revolve around the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain but within the framework of prudence and moral principles.

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Certain pains are unavoidable, such as the ones associated with love and death.

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Truth can never be completely known, but we can come close to knowing it.

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