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Acumen, 2010 - History - 206 pages
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This introduction to Epicureanism offers students and general readers a clear exposition of the central tenets of Epicurean philosophy, one of the dominant schools of the Hellenistic period. Founded by Epicurus of Samos (c. 341-270 BCE), it held that for a human being the greatest good was to attain tranquility, free from fear and bodily pain, by seeking to understand the workings of the world and the limits of our desires. Tim O'Keefe provides an extended exegesis of the arguments that support Epicurean philosophical positions, analyzing both their strengths and their weaknesses while showing how the different areas of Epicurean inquiry come together to make a whole. Lucid, witty, and entertaining, "Epicureanism" wears its knowledge lightly while offering a wealth of stimulating and humorous examples.

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Epicureanism in general is an awesome philosophy. This book is a great introduction, short, concise and to the point with notes and references for digging deeper. Read full review

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User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

I was interested in epicurean materialism, as it influenced Gassendi. This lucid exposition describes this as well as discussing many other facets of epicureanism. O'Keefe makes the limits of the ... Read full review


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Tim O'Keefe is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University. Since 2001 he has been the Ancient Philosophy Area Editor for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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