Letter to Menoeceus By Epicurus. Translated by Robert Drew Hicks. Greeting. Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search. Letter to Menoeceus – Epicurus – Translated by Robert Drew Hicks – Epicurus; BC, was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the. In this letter, Epicurus recommends to Menoeceus that he conduct his life according to certain prescripts, and in accordance with certain beliefs, in order that his.

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For this reason we call pleasure the alpha and omega of a happy life. Not the person who denies the gods worshipped by the multitude, but he who affirms of the gods what the multitude believes about them is truly impious.

Letter to Menoeceus / by Epicurus; translated by Robert Drew Hicks

lettre Epicurus never married and had no known children. His statement of the Ethic of Reciprocity as the foundation of ethics is the earliest in Ancient Greece, and he differs from the formulation of utilitarianism by Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill by emphasizing the minimization of harm to oneself and others as the way to maximize happiness.

It is not an unbroken succession of drinking-bouts and of revelry, not sexual lust, not the enjoyment of the fish and other delicacies of a luxurious table, which produce a pleasant life; it is sober reasoning, searching out the grounds of every choice and avoidance, lette banishing those beliefs through which the greatest tumults take possession of the soul.

So there is a tier or hierarchy of necessities. And he who admonishes the young to live well and the old to make a good end letfer foolishly, not merely because of the desirability of life, but because the same exercise at once teaches to live well and to die well.

Letter to Menoeceus: Epicurus

,enoeceus must also reflect that of desires some are natural, others are groundless; and that of the natural some are necessary as well as natural, and some natural only. Exercise yourself in these and kindred precepts day and night, both by yourself and with him who is like to you; then never, either in lstter or in dream, will you be disturbed, but will live as a god among people. Who, then, is superior in your judgment to such a man? It is nothing, then, either to the living or to the dead, for with the living it is not and the dead exist no longer.


Nor does he hold chance to be a god, as the world in general does, for in the acts of a god there is no disorder; nor to be a cause, though an uncertain one, for he believes that no good or evil is dispensed by chance to men so as to make life blessed, though it supplies the starting-point of great good and great evil.

Epicurus is emphatic that friendship figures into the happy life as one of the chief goods. Refresh and try again. Fate, which some introduce as epicuru over all things, he scorns, affirming rather that some things happen of necessity, others by chance, others through our own agency.

For the virtues have grown into one with a pleasant life, and a pleasant life is inseparable from them.

Epicurus – Letter to Menoeceus

Only a few fragments and letters of Epicurus’s written works remain. There he founded The Garden, a school named for the garden he owned about halfway between the Stoa and the Academy that served as the school’s meeting place. And I beg you to take care of the children of Metrodorus, in a manner worthy of the devotion shown by the young man to me, and to philosophy.

We must remember that the future is neither wholly ours nor wholly not ours, so that neither must we count upon it lefter quite certain to come nor despair of it as quite certain not to come. Then we discussed whether or not clothing was necessary.

It is, however, by measuring one against epicuruw, and by looking at the conveniences and inconveniences, that all these matters must be judged. AndreaSoler rated it really liked it Dec 21, When we say, then, that pleasure is the end and aim, we do not mean the pleasures of the prodigal or the pleasures of sensuality, as we are understood to do by some through ignorance, prejudice, or willful misrepresentation.

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Inwood, Brad and Gerson, L. Ines rated menoeceue it was amazing Jan 11, And since pleasure is our first and native good, for that reason we do not choose every pleasure whatsoever, but will often pass over many pleasures when a greater annoyance ensues from them.

For the end of all our actions is to be free from pain and fear, and, when once we have attained all this, the tempest of the soul is laid; seeing that the living creature has no need to go in search of something that is lacking, nor to look anything else by which epicuruw good of the soul and of the body will be fulfilled.

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Letter to Menoeceus

For if he truly believes this, why does he not depart from life? And since pleasure is our first and native good, for that reason we do not choose every pleasure whatever, but often pass over many pleasures when a greater annoyance ensues from epicrus. Oxygen would be the most necessary and then water, food, shelter and so on.

He holds a holy belief concerning the gods, and is altogether free from the fear of death. And even as men choose of food not merely and simply the larger portion, but the more pleasant, so the wise seek to enjoy the time which is most pleasant and not merely that which is longest.

The thought of life is no offense to him, nor is the cessation of life regarded as an evil.

So Epicurus says some desires are necessary and some an unnecessary. The group decided on that necessities was unique to each person.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. As a boy he studied philosophy for four years under the Platonist teacher Pamphilus.