The Essential Epicurus

The Essential Epicurus

Epicureanism is commonly regarded as the refined satisfaction of physical desires. As a philosophy, however, it also denoted the striving after an independent state of mind and body, imperturbability, and reliance on sensory data as the true basis of knowledge. Epicurus (ca. 341-271 B.C.) founded one of the most famous and influential philosophical schools of antiquity. In Epicureanism is commonly regarded as the refined satisfaction of physical desires. As a philosophy, however, it also d...

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Title:The Essential Epicurus
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ISBN:The Essential Epicurus: Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican Sayings, and Fragments (Great Books in Philosophy)
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The Essential Epicurus Reviews

  • Tim Wu
    May 31, 2012

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

  • Vincent Saint-Simon
    Oct 14, 2007

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

  • Richard
    Nov 13, 2008

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

  • Dan
    Jun 17, 2018

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

  • Bruce
    Nov 29, 2011

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I did not get a whole lot more than what I would have had I googled quotes by Epicurus. This is nothing against the editor and perhaps someone more interested in philosophy might have gained a whole lot more from it. I found the who...

    I rated this one three stars more for the editing than the writing: I can't fully rate the philosophy because this book didn't allow me to fully understand it. i did however have a few giggles at Epicurus' expense when he was talking about natural phenomena. Basically his theory is bel...

    An interesting introduction to Epicureanism, which is a mixture of many classical philosophies. Epicurus tries to relate people's happiness with natural sciences and trust in the power of observation and reason. He also relates happy and virtuous life with the pleasant life, so he enco...

    I had wanted to read this book for Epicurus' view on the best way of living so I was less interested in the first half of the book about atoms, void and astrological philosophising, though I am sure it would be of interest to beta people. Second half was better. Some contradictions...

    Ultimately another early Greek philosophical bust. So little is preserved of these guys' writings that I think maybe it's best to go straight to the scholarly gloss to try and get something out of them. The "original" is just a bunch of disconnected fragments that could be reassembled ...

    An ancient philosopher who has been greatly misunderstood throughout history. If you lack the belief in a god, his philosophy is based on: good is what brings pleasure and avoids pain - but not what is recognized as being self-indulgent. Some pleasures work against you, some pains are ...

    A bit boring being sincere. If only the autor would be used more friendly vocabulary, would have been more easy to digest. Anyway, I think is a classic that you have to read at least one time in your life. ...

    A pretty stock-standard philosophy text. A little more analysis/interpretation alongside the letters would have been nice, although at least some historical context is provided. ...

  • Danny
    Feb 03, 2016

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

  • Mark
    Jul 25, 2011

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

  • Carlos
    Mar 20, 2016

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I did not get a whole lot more than what I would have had I googled quotes by Epicurus. This is nothing against the editor and perhaps someone more interested in philosophy might have gained a whole lot more from it. I found the who...

  • Kenny
    May 12, 2011

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

  • James Violand
    May 20, 2011

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I did not get a whole lot more than what I would have had I googled quotes by Epicurus. This is nothing against the editor and perhaps someone more interested in philosophy might have gained a whole lot more from it. I found the who...

    I rated this one three stars more for the editing than the writing: I can't fully rate the philosophy because this book didn't allow me to fully understand it. i did however have a few giggles at Epicurus' expense when he was talking about natural phenomena. Basically his theory is bel...

    An interesting introduction to Epicureanism, which is a mixture of many classical philosophies. Epicurus tries to relate people's happiness with natural sciences and trust in the power of observation and reason. He also relates happy and virtuous life with the pleasant life, so he enco...

    I had wanted to read this book for Epicurus' view on the best way of living so I was less interested in the first half of the book about atoms, void and astrological philosophising, though I am sure it would be of interest to beta people. Second half was better. Some contradictions...

    Ultimately another early Greek philosophical bust. So little is preserved of these guys' writings that I think maybe it's best to go straight to the scholarly gloss to try and get something out of them. The "original" is just a bunch of disconnected fragments that could be reassembled ...

    An ancient philosopher who has been greatly misunderstood throughout history. If you lack the belief in a god, his philosophy is based on: good is what brings pleasure and avoids pain - but not what is recognized as being self-indulgent. Some pleasures work against you, some pains are ...

  • Renée
    May 13, 2013

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I did not get a whole lot more than what I would have had I googled quotes by Epicurus. This is nothing against the editor and perhaps someone more interested in philosophy might have gained a whole lot more from it. I found the who...

    I rated this one three stars more for the editing than the writing: I can't fully rate the philosophy because this book didn't allow me to fully understand it. i did however have a few giggles at Epicurus' expense when he was talking about natural phenomena. Basically his theory is bel...

    An interesting introduction to Epicureanism, which is a mixture of many classical philosophies. Epicurus tries to relate people's happiness with natural sciences and trust in the power of observation and reason. He also relates happy and virtuous life with the pleasant life, so he enco...

    I had wanted to read this book for Epicurus' view on the best way of living so I was less interested in the first half of the book about atoms, void and astrological philosophising, though I am sure it would be of interest to beta people. Second half was better. Some contradictions...

  • David Hendrickson
    Feb 01, 2012

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

  • Ryan Holiday
    Jul 05, 2012

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

  • Ikiryo
    Aug 09, 2012

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

  • Vipassana
    Sep 18, 2014

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

  • Aygul A.
    Jul 29, 2015

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

  • Roy Lotz
    Oct 22, 2016

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

  • Clark
    Oct 19, 2014

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I did not get a whole lot more than what I would have had I googled quotes by Epicurus. This is nothing against the editor and perhaps someone more interested in philosophy might have gained a whole lot more from it. I found the who...

    I rated this one three stars more for the editing than the writing: I can't fully rate the philosophy because this book didn't allow me to fully understand it. i did however have a few giggles at Epicurus' expense when he was talking about natural phenomena. Basically his theory is bel...

    An interesting introduction to Epicureanism, which is a mixture of many classical philosophies. Epicurus tries to relate people's happiness with natural sciences and trust in the power of observation and reason. He also relates happy and virtuous life with the pleasant life, so he enco...

    I had wanted to read this book for Epicurus' view on the best way of living so I was less interested in the first half of the book about atoms, void and astrological philosophising, though I am sure it would be of interest to beta people. Second half was better. Some contradictions...

    Ultimately another early Greek philosophical bust. So little is preserved of these guys' writings that I think maybe it's best to go straight to the scholarly gloss to try and get something out of them. The "original" is just a bunch of disconnected fragments that could be reassembled ...

  • Cameron Davis
    Aug 02, 2017

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

  • Glenn Russell
    May 19, 2014

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

  • Bruno Arine
    Mar 30, 2018

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

  • Kevin Cole
    Jul 16, 2014

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

  • Erick
    Apr 15, 2017

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

  • Thomas Cooper
    Feb 08, 2015

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

  • Victoria Pérez
    Apr 30, 2015

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I did not get a whole lot more than what I would have had I googled quotes by Epicurus. This is nothing against the editor and perhaps someone more interested in philosophy might have gained a whole lot more from it. I found the who...

    I rated this one three stars more for the editing than the writing: I can't fully rate the philosophy because this book didn't allow me to fully understand it. i did however have a few giggles at Epicurus' expense when he was talking about natural phenomena. Basically his theory is bel...

    An interesting introduction to Epicureanism, which is a mixture of many classical philosophies. Epicurus tries to relate people's happiness with natural sciences and trust in the power of observation and reason. He also relates happy and virtuous life with the pleasant life, so he enco...

    I had wanted to read this book for Epicurus' view on the best way of living so I was less interested in the first half of the book about atoms, void and astrological philosophising, though I am sure it would be of interest to beta people. Second half was better. Some contradictions...

    Ultimately another early Greek philosophical bust. So little is preserved of these guys' writings that I think maybe it's best to go straight to the scholarly gloss to try and get something out of them. The "original" is just a bunch of disconnected fragments that could be reassembled ...

    An ancient philosopher who has been greatly misunderstood throughout history. If you lack the belief in a god, his philosophy is based on: good is what brings pleasure and avoids pain - but not what is recognized as being self-indulgent. Some pleasures work against you, some pains are ...

    A bit boring being sincere. If only the autor would be used more friendly vocabulary, would have been more easy to digest. Anyway, I think is a classic that you have to read at least one time in your life. ...

  • Kate Parr
    Dec 24, 2016

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I did not get a whole lot more than what I would have had I googled quotes by Epicurus. This is nothing against the editor and perhaps someone more interested in philosophy might have gained a whole lot more from it. I found the who...

    I rated this one three stars more for the editing than the writing: I can't fully rate the philosophy because this book didn't allow me to fully understand it. i did however have a few giggles at Epicurus' expense when he was talking about natural phenomena. Basically his theory is bel...

  • George Simopoulos
    Dec 11, 2016

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...

    A terrible translation in that O'Connor's sentence structures are so opaque, I had to rewrite them in my mind in order to make sense of them. Also, I'm not sure in what sense the works collected here represent the "essence" of Epicuris' thought. if you are curious about Epicuris'philos...

    I think calling E. the philosopher of pleasure is somewhat misleading, given most folks' notions of pleasure as great food, great drink, & great sex--usually attended with the idea of the more the merrier. I think calling him the philosopher of "contentment" more clearly conveys hi...

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this book but I did not get a whole lot more than what I would have had I googled quotes by Epicurus. This is nothing against the editor and perhaps someone more interested in philosophy might have gained a whole lot more from it. I found the who...

    I rated this one three stars more for the editing than the writing: I can't fully rate the philosophy because this book didn't allow me to fully understand it. i did however have a few giggles at Epicurus' expense when he was talking about natural phenomena. Basically his theory is bel...

    An interesting introduction to Epicureanism, which is a mixture of many classical philosophies. Epicurus tries to relate people's happiness with natural sciences and trust in the power of observation and reason. He also relates happy and virtuous life with the pleasant life, so he enco...

  • Einzige
    Jan 26, 2018

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

  • Frank
    Apr 15, 2018

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

  • Lauren Farris
    Apr 01, 2018

    It is a great tragedy all the many books written by Epicurus have been lost to us. We know Epicurus wrote many books and we know the titles of these books since they are listed by Diogenes Laertius, the great third century biographer of the Greek philosophers. Of the books of Epicu...

    In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns the most. There doesn?t seem much to say on Epicurus after Glenn?s magnus opus of a review, so I will keep this brief. Epicurus is one of the most influential thinkers from Ancient Greece. Unfortunately, ...

    It is a shame that so much of Epicurus' writings are lost. His thoughts span physics, astronomy, justice and self awareness. It's curious how anyone would have thought that of the school of Epicurus to be debased in moral values. Epicurus often speaks about striving for pleasure, but h...

    I've been a fan of Epicureanism since I encountered Lucretius in undergrad. Let's face it, they mostly got it right: matter is composed of tiny particles with empty space between them, most events are reducible to the motion of matter through space, the gods don't do anything, and deat...

    I was familiar with Epicurus' philosophy even before reading this. He is mentioned in many other sources; and, one should acknowledge, he was not well liked by other philosophical schools. That's what really surprised me when reading Seneca and seeing that he quoted him positively so o...

    I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative. What's important to the average reader though is whether this is t...

    Essential Epicurus is a compilation of the leftover texts of the great Greek philosopher Epicurus. I had already taken a liking to Epicurus' teachings before I started reading this book, so I might be quite biased, but I still did find a whole lot of relevant knowledge in this book. Al...

    I enjoyed the ideas. I have been aware of Epicurean thought for quite awhile but always thought of him as an unapologetic hedonist. He was not, but used the language of pleasure and pain to describe a life of enjoyable moderation. I would take his philosophy one step farther and would ...

    ..As Epicurus puts it, "If you wish to make Pythocles wealthy, don't give him more money; rather, reduce his desires." By eliminating the pain caused by unfulfilled desires, and the anxiety that occurs because of the fear that one's desires will not be fulfilled in the future, the wise...

    I did not read this version of Epicurus, in fact I don't remember which I read, but anyhow the man has a way of getting to the point very cleanly and clearly. The philosophy is unsatisfying in certain ways but has a simplicity and coherence that strong recommends it. ...

    This translation is clearer and more complete than the translation by Odysseus Makridis, and the book itself is clearly printed and decently sturdy for a paperback. Still, I'm leaning toward the Inwood & Gerson translation I'm currently going through. ...

    I guess I just wish more had survived from what Epicurus said:) I liked it - I really did. I just didn't feel there was very much meat. I read it, so I can safely say I admire him, but you get as much from his wikipedia entry as you do from this book. But it is really good for what it ...

    Unfortunately, I read Epicurus at a time when I was already gobbling up the Stoics, with the result that I remember them and barely him, which is probably a shame. ...

    Sirs and Madams, When it comes to ethics, no one trumps Epicurus. Kl, V ...

    Epicurus got it right: mythological gods were just myths; there is no such thing as fate; the universe is made of atoms and void, and as such, there is no place for disembodied spirits; and pleasure is (or should be) our main life goal, and if we succeed, virtue will certainly follow. ...

    Not so much the Essential Epicurus as it is the collected fragments of Epicurus. With that in mind you get that same magic you do with more earlier thinkers, namely a philosophical burlesque show which piques the interest whilst keeping the substantive parts hidden. The first 60 pa...

    Maybe I'm giving this four stars because I read it immediately after Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, which I hated, but I think this book is far superior in many ways. Unlike Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism, very few foundational elements of Epicurus' very empirical philosophy are archaic, and...

    You obviously remember that moment in Hollywood horror movies when someone cries: Ruuuuuun! Well, it is so about happiness. When someone is really happy he should run from the monster of consciousness (That's what Epicurus, Cioran etc. would say). Yet, the problem is to be a human be...

    I routinely pick this up and read it again. ...

    The book was an interesting introduction to Epicurus but the edition had a lot of grammatical and typing errors which got in the way of understanding the main points. ...