Letter on Happiness

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Chronicle Books, 1994 - Philosophy - 80 pages
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Bargain Books are non-returnable.A best-seller in Europe following its original publication in 1993, this littel book takes on a big subject, offering enduring guidelines from the Greek philosopher Epicurus for achieving lasting happiness. In a letter to his friend Menoecceus, Epicurus gives sound advice on increasing life's pleasures, not through hedonistic pursuits, as commonly assumed, but through intelligence, morality, and decency. Based on a new translation of Epicurus to Menoecceus and complete with the original Greek text, Letter on Happiness expounds upon basic philosophical inquiries--concerning pleasure, longevity, death, and desire--that are as relevant today as they were in ancient Greece, all in a compact, attractive package that makes a thoughtful gift for any occasion.

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Epicurus (341-271 B.C.) was born on the Greek island of Samos and studied at the Academy in Athens, the school founded by Plato. Although most of his teachings have been lost, many of his precepts are contained in Letter on Happiness .

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