Letter to Menoeceus By Epicurus. Translated by Robert Drew Hicks. Greeting. Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search. Letter to Menoeceus – Epicurus – Translated by Robert Drew Hicks – Epicurus; BC, was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the. In this letter, Epicurus recommends to Menoeceus that he conduct his life according to certain prescripts, and in accordance with certain beliefs, in order that his.
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Letter to Menoeceus / by Epicurus; translated by Robert Drew Hicks
It is nothing, then, either to the living or to the dead, for with the living it is not and the dead exist no longer. For the utterances of the multitude about the gods are not true preconceptions but false assumptions; hence it is that the greatest evils happen to the wicked and the greatest blessings happen to the good from the hand of the gods, seeing that they are always favorable to their own good qualities and take pleasure in men like themselves, but reject as alien whatever is not of their kind.
Again, we regard independence of outward things as a great good, not so as in all cases to use little, but so as to be contented with little if we have not much, being honestly persuaded that they have the sweetest enjoyment of luxury who stand least in need of it, and that whatever is natural is easily procured and only the vain and worthless hard to win.
This web edition published by eBooks Adelaide. He has diligently considered the end fixed by nature, and understands how easily the limit of good things can be reached and attained, and how either the duration or the intensity of evils is but slight.
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Letter to Menoeceus: Epicurus
We must also reflect that of desires some are natural, others are groundless; and that of the natural some are necessary as well as natural, and some natural only. For this reason we call pleasure the alpha and omega of a happy life.
Epicurus would often deny this influence, denounce other philosophers as confused, and claim to be “self-taught”. Borbs rated it really liked it Oct 31, Lettsr he who admonishes the young to live well and the old to make a good end speaks foolishly, not merely because of the desirability of life, but because the same exercise at once menkeceus to live well and to die well.
For man loses all semblance of mortality by living in the midst of immortal blessings. But the cheerfulness of my mind, which comes from the recollection of all my philosophical contemplation, counterbalances all these afflictions.
Inwood, Brad and Gerson, L. For the end of all our actions is to be free from pain and fear, and, when once we have attained all this, the tempest of the soul is laid; seeing that the living creature has no need to go in search of something that is lacking, nor to look anything else by which the good of the soul and of the body will be fulfilled.
Discussion summary on : Epicurus Letter to Menoeceus – Philosophy course site
Then we discussed whether or not clothing was necessary. He believes that the misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. Pace Socrates and Plato, even the soul is not immortal: Epicurus never married and had no known children.
For I have been attacked by a painful inability to urinate, and also dysentery, so violent that nothing can be added to the violence of my sufferings.
Ot the person who denies the gods worshipped by the multitude, but he who affirms of the gods what the multitude believes about them is truly impious. Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search thereof when he is grown old.
Elia rated it really liked it Jun 18, Kani Kani rated it did not like it Aug 17, The good, says Epicurus, is mrnoeceus thesis that was explicitly rejected by Socrates and ,etter before him—and pain is evil. To ask other readers questions about Letter to Menoeceusplease sign up. Plain fare gives as much pleasure as a costly diet, when once the pain of want has been removed, while bread and water confer the highest possible pleasure when they are brought to hungry lips.
According to Epicurean cosmology, no Prime Mover nor a teleology governing the movement of matter: He suffered from kidney stones, to which he finally succumbed in BCE at the age of 72, and despite the prolonged pain involved, he wrote to Idomeneus: He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and bad, that death is the end of the body and the soul and should therefore not be feared, that the gods do not reward or punish humans, that the universe is infinite and eternal, and that events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.
Sia rated it it was ok Jul 22, Epicurus is a key figure in the development of science and scientific methodology because of his insistence that nothing should be believed, except that which was tested through direct observation and logical deduction.
And he who admonishes the young to live well and the old to make a good end speaks foolishly, not merely because of the desirability of life, but because the same exercise at once teaches to live well and to die well. But is it not unlimited pleasure at particular moments that one ought to seek to attain a happy life; rather, what is desired is the obtainment of pleasure and the absence of pain, fear, and perturbation in the long term, the state of being Epicurus calls ataraxia.
Of all this the beginning and the greatest good is wisdom.