Then please to recollect that the great Epicurus lived, and made his pupils live, upon bread, vegetables, and water.
That is not certain," said La Fontaine; "and you appear to me to be confounding Epicurus with Pythagoras, my dear Conrart.
Listen, Conrart, this is the morality of Epicurus, whom, besides, I consider, if I must tell you so, as a myth.
Like Epicurus, my friend, still like Epicurus; I repeat, we are Epicureans, and that is very amusing.
is a good example of the second stance; that is, of a theology that does away with the belief in the action of godly beings on our world.
In contrast, Epicurus
wrote, "Nothing is enough to the man for whom enough is too little.
There's also something to be said about control of desires, and the need to differentiate (as Epicurus
did) between natural and necessary desires, those that are natural but unnecessary, or are neither natural nor necessary.
This analogy suggests an identity between the atheism of Epicurus
and the supposedly correct opinion expressed by Elihu, the young sage who calls his elders to task when they fail to offer Job a convincing explanation for his suffering.
Strictly speaking, Epicurus
was less an atheist than a deist, who believed that any Supreme Being had neither interest nor influence in the affairs of men.
, the founder of the school of pleasure named after him, agreed with Aristotle that the soul is not immortal, and thus seemed to be more logical in saying that the purpose of life is not moral goodness but pleasure.
Even so, in the course of this short book, Neuhaus offers reflections on the work of an impressive number of Western writers and philosophers -- Tolstoy, Pieper, Kant, Epicurus
, Pater, Weil, et al.
was a critic of all theist religion, in the name of humanity.
This week he finds the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus
full of consoling thoughts for anyone who thinks that money can make you happy.
Daniel Klein's newest book, Travels with Epicurus
, will be published in fall 2012.
The rediscovery of the works of Epicurus
led to a revolution in philosophy, science and religion.