The Teachings of Epicurus

An original essay by M.J.Mattes on the Teachings of Epicurus is now available online, for browsing and download here. The Greek philosopher Epicurus (340-271BC) is known through fragments of his writings, and the commentary on his life and teachings found in Diogenes Laertius' work concerning the lives of the eminent ancient Greek philosophers. M.J. Mattes in his essay explains the influential nature of Epicurus' philosophy, the ways in which his moral philosophy in particular was misunderstood and suppressed, and its importance and relevance to the modern world, where religious doctrine and historical beliefs are increasingly viewed as an inadequate intellectual response to a universe better described by science, and in which ethics and morality demand increasingly complex, sensitive, and subtle debate unswayed by bigotry or outdated world-views.

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