There is also the residual uncertainty about Hellenistic dating. Bickerman, for instance, positively asserted that Seleucus reconquered Babylon "in August of " [Chronology of the Ancient World, Cornell University Press,p. Seleucus] was given a thousand men by Ptolemy and set out from Palestine to Babylonia" [Dividing the Spoils, Oxford,p. While we may have more confidence in up-to-date scholarship, sometimes older analyses are later vindicated.
Does Epicurus deserve his reputation as a reckless, self-indulgent profligate? Why or why not? What is Epicurus' argument for why we should not fear death? Enchiridion What does Epictetus mean by "it is not things that upset people but rather ideas about things"?
What is the point of Epictetus' distinction between what is up to us and what is not up to us? Why does Sisyphus conclude that all is well? Living Life Forwards What is Baggini's argument against the teleological view of life? Do you agree with him? Does Baggini think that we need not find meaning in this life if there is life after death?
Religion Gives Meaning to Life Do those who do not believe in God have resources or advantages comparable with those that theism is supposed to provide? Is it possible to live happily as if theism is true even though you know that it may not be true?
The Absurd Why does Nagel say that the absurdity of our existence is not a problem for which we must find a solution? Nagel implies that if God has a plan for our lives, following that plan in itself would not give meaning to our lives.
What is Nagel's reasoning behind this view? Reflections on Suffering Were the three passions of Russell's life sufficient to give his life meaning? Russell did not include religion in his list of things that made his life worth living.
Did his life still have meaning? What does Russell mean by "only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair can the soul's habitation be safely built"?Epicurus ( - BC) Founder of the philosophical view of Hedonism (termed the ethic of the pigsty), Hedonistic philosophy taught that pleasure was the highest good of .
PHILOSOPHY is a study that seeks to understand the mysteries of existence and reality. It tries to discover the nature of truth and knowledge and to find what is of basic value and importance in life.
Epicurus: Moderate Hedonism Does Epicurus deserve his reputation as a reckless, self-indulgent profligate? Why or why not?
What is Epicurus' argument for why we should not fear death? Moderate Hedonism: Epicurus Epicurus: Lived from to B.C. Greek philosopher who lived in Athens Influenced by Democritus Few of his works still in existence today His school in Athens was called “The Garden” Identified good with pleasure and evil with pain which is called hedonism Epicurus was not proposing what “Epicureanism” implies today True life of pleasure needs only %(1).
The word ‘hedonism’ comes from the ancient Greek for ‘pleasure’. Psychological or motivational hedonism claims that only pleasure or pain motivates us. Hedonism is the philosophy that pleasure is the most important pursuit of mankind, and the only thing that is good for an individual.
Hedonists, therefore, strive to maximize their total pleasure (the net of any pleasure less any pain or suffering).