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Introduction to Epicurean Philosophy

The Life and Philosophy of Epicurus

Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher who lived from 341-270 BCE. He founded the school of philosophy known as Epicureanism, which emphasized the pursuit of happiness and the avoidance of pain. Epicurus believed that the highest good in life was pleasure, but he also recognized that true pleasure could only be achieved through rational thought and the avoidance of excess. He taught that the universe was made up of atoms, which were constantly moving and interacting, and that our own lives were determined by the random movements of these atoms. Epicurus believed that death was nothing to fear, as it was simply the end of consciousness and therefore not something to be concerned about. Overall, Epicurus' philosophy focused on living a simple life, free from fear, and pursuing happiness through the cultivation of wisdom and reason.

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