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The Epicureans: Rethinking What Is Natural

Julia Annas

in The Morality of Happiness

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096521
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833061 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195096525.003.0008
The Epicureans: Rethinking What Is Natural

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Epicurus’ appeal to nature to show that our final end is pleasure is less crude than often thought. Instead of formulating a hedonic calculus, he distinguishes between desires in terms of what is natural and what is necessary. He produces a revisionary, ideal account of nature, illustrated by Philodemus’ work on anger.

Keywords: desires; Epicurus; hedonic calculus; nature; Philodemus; pleasure

Chapter.  8402 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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