Friday, 2 September 2016

Great News - Pleasure is the Purpose of Life. Bad News - Moderation is the Key: Epicurean Hedonism

by Aeon: https://aeon.co/videos/great-news-pleasure-is-the-purpose-of-life-bad-news-moderation-is-key



Should you feel bad about pursuing pleasure? Many philosophers say you should at least be circumspect about it. There was one, however, who saw maximising pleasure as the goal of life: Epicurus.

Sam Dresser explains how the ancient Greek thinker can help you find the good in the pleasurable - though Epicurean hedonism is no sure way to overcome the pain of excess.

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