Epicureanism has been diluted into a byword for gourmet dining, but does the original ancient Greek philosophy of the Garden contain insight that could save the world Luke Slattery argues that reading Epicurus could help us rethink our materialist ways and challenge the inevitability of man made climate change Rather than appealing to altruism, or calling for revolutioEpicureanism has been diluted into a byword for gourmet dining, but does the original ancient Greek philosophy of the Garden contain insight that could save the world Luke Slattery argues that reading Epicurus could help us rethink our materialist ways and challenge the inevitability of man made climate change Rather than appealing to altruism, or calling for revolution in the global economy, the Epicurean philosophy turns the developed world s credo of greed is good on its head, counselling that genuine happiness comes from the quieting of desire from less, not And that might just be the mindset we need to rein in unsustainable development.In this thoughtful Penguin Special, Slattery traces the radicalism of classical Epicurean thought, and its popularity despite political suppression Along the way, he tours the archaeological sites of the ancient village of Oinoanda in Turkey and the Villa of the Papyri, buried along with Pompeii, with its ancient library of petrified scrolls Might some of this treasure s fragments, painstakingly restored, reveal answers to the big questions faced in the twenty first century
Reclaiming Epicurus Epicureanism has been diluted into a byword for gourmet dining but does the original ancient Greek philosophy of the Garden contain insight that could save the world Luke Slattery argues that reading
If Epicurean ideas were actively at work in our world they would serve to moderate our mania for gadgets and consumer goods, cool the culture of insatiability, reconnect us to community and rephrase our conversation about happiness An essay that strives to revive the philosophy of Epicurus in our times.
The Epicurean believes that extravagant desires for riches, fame and power are signs of a diseased mind, while the rat wheel of insatiability is a symptom of a society that has not learnt to differentiate between natural and necessary pleasures, and those that are groundless and empty.
an introduction to the ancient greek philosophy of epicureanism which seems to be living simply relevant ideas in a world ravaged by climate change and rampant consumarism The essay s just not engaging.
Loved it beautifully concise and the title sums it up I too had the traditional impression of Epicurus as the Arch hedonist.e reality is nuanced and far interesting There can be little wiser advice than to be happy with what you have rather than expect what you have making you happy to badly paraphrase
Wonderfully written and an interesting and mind opening read Quotes I liked A tortoise groped across the pathway, burdened by its dome of ceramic ware After skirting rich strands of pasture, the rocky path corkscrewed up into the arid reaches of goat country p 26 7 I was looking at a shard of half recovered time The scroll belonged, I realised, to a genre of accidental art that speaks of our relationship to the past potently than many an intact work it is the art of the fragment, and art that [...]
Overall, this was an enjoyable read A bit light on if you ve already investigated the subject, but, hell, it s intended as a long essay, not a Classics text.He has that slightly annoying journalist s habit of foregrounding his travels, actions, reactions, thoughts and observations So it s about the journey than about Epicurus for quite a lot of the book I know a lot of people enjoy that style, but, personally, I d have enjoyed a bit research and fewer sunsets and hillsides described in try har [...]
An interesting overview of the philosophy of Epicurus, and how his ancient philosophy can be applied to modern day problems like Climate Change The book did however come across as overly pretentious at times, even for what you d expect from such an esoteric subject The book sort of derails about mid way through as Slattery describes his trips to Greece and Turkey I think to visit Epicurean sites I was also expecting a lot depth in terms of his actual philosophical views, and how they could be f [...]
Epicureanism is said by Slattery to be not so much a philosophy of life as an art of living Of course, there is a potent attraction to the idea of living the simple life without any gods to bother about Slattery sees Epicureanism as a very green philosophy which may be able to counteract our rampant materialism But Slattery does nothing to counter the essential selfishness of this ancient philosophy apart from a passing reference to living justly, there is nothing to encourage us to serve others [...]
I m not certain what I expected from this slim little volume I d been intrigued with Epicurus since I stumbled across him on mid last year but was aware that only a very limited selection of his writings are still available.This was not quite what I was looking for it was of a pleasant wander around the corners of epicurianism than an explicit discussion of what few texts are available, but it was enjoyable none the less.
Not sure about a philosophy whose appeal to us is that it doesn t rely on altruism By pursuing in this vein our own self interest, our own health and our own sanity, we can help to achieve any number of secondary social goals equity, sustainability and social justice p 74 Is appealing to self interest really the only way we can encourage people to work for justice
An interesting insight from this book is that Epicurus was eclipsed by Christianity This book protrays the scope and reach of Epicurus the master philosopher and scientist as a true rival for hearts and minds in the the early Christian empire This book makes good claims for the relevance of Epicurus to modern problems like ecological sustainability, information overload, and alienation.
A hero for our timesA hero for our timesslattery s essay on Epicurus reminds us why philosophy still has so much to teach us if only we would listen it s a trail through time as Slattery invokes Epicurus, his followers including Marx and explains why the philosopher remains relevant to us if only we would read him This essay provides the way in.
Starts promisingly but ultimately a bit lightweight and rambling I know a little about Epicurus than I did before but despite the author s subtitle he does not convince that Epicurus s philosophy could save the world.I also found the sudden shifts between philosophy essay and travel book irritating.
A short intro to Epicurus s thought and the inspiration it played for a young Karl Marx and what role it could play in the fight against climate change today It also plays an important role in dispelling the capitalist conception of epicurianism, which conceptionalises the current society s idealisation of destructive excess and gluttonous tendencies.
Rambling has been used in a previous review and this is indeed a very good description of this essay Don t be fooled it is not about Epicureanism It is about how Epicureanism, which is essentially a highly personal philosophy or art of living , can solve Climate Change and bring back Marxism Not my cup of tea, really
Easy reading, a great introduction to Epicureanism Even interesting to those interested in the Herculaneum scrolls.
Very engaging and timely, always sensed there was to Epicurus than I had understood this essay is a well written journey into reloooking at his place in our world.