Chapter

Epicurus

J. C. B. Gosling and C. C. W. Taylor

in The Greeks On Pleasure

Published in print December 1982 | ISBN: 9780198246664
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681035 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246664.003.0019
Epicurus

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This chapter analyzes Epicurus' thoughts on pleasure. According to his view, normal life is pleasant unless one's constitution is disturbed; one's whole tendency is against disturbance (disruption) and towards a state as free of it as possible; since pleasure is only reduced by disturbance this means that the organism appreciates as good/best the pleasant/most pleasant, whose worth is recognized in perception; there is no going higher than the unmixed condition; but once one recognizes the nature of the good as given in perception one can see that many beings actually pursue illusory goods; the wise man recognizes that a relatively unmixed life is attainable, and to a large extent achieves it in that recognition; he thereby acquires an indifference to either death or the extension of life and a contentment with what he has.

Keywords: Epicurus; pleasure; normal life; disturbance

Chapter.  7577 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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