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Epicureans: The first atheists

Epicureans were materialists: They believed the world consisted only of atoms. There were no gods, spirits, or souls, no afterlife or immortality.

In the world of Epicureans, all there is to life is to get as much pleasure as possible and to avoid pain. The concern was with the higher pleasures of the mind. Pleasure does not come from pointless indulging but from decreasing desire to the bare minimum necessary to live.

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Practical Epicureanism

Epicureanism is about a psychological shift that life doesn't need to be as complicated as we make it. We're just animals with basic needs.

We have the tools to satisfy our desires and the resilience to endure hardships. When that fails and we're dead, we won't care.

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Four schools of ancient Greek philosophy

Four schools of ancient Greek philosophy

Ancient Greek philosophy consists of four schools, who each proclaim that they hold the secret to a happy and fulfilled life. These schools are Stoicism, Cynicism, Skepticism, and Epicureanism.

Stoicism forms the foundation of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Scepticism ...

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Epicureanism: The Four-Part Remedy

Epicureans developed the "Four-Part Remedy" to help them find solace and escape existential and spiritual pain.

  1. Don't fear God. Everything is just atoms. The afterlife will be nothingness.
  2. Don't worry about death. With no body, there is no d...

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Epicureans developed the "Four-Part Remedy" to help them find solace and escape existential and spiritual pain.

  1. Don't fear God. Everything is just atoms. The afterlife will be nothingness.
  2. Don't worry about death. With no body, there is no d...

The Real World Of The Classical Athenians

The Real World Of The Classical Athenians

Key aspects of their real world-

  1. It was alive with things that we would consider unreal- nymphs, curses, and mysterious energies and magic.Β 
  2. The most important thing were gods. That's because for them gods controlled everything- rainfall, child...

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β€œLikewise, no one loves or pursues or wants to experience suffering, not simply because of suffering itself, but because occasionally there are circumstances in which pain and suffering can give him great pleasure. As a simple example, who of us has ever done hard physical labor, other than to be...

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