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New to Penguin Classics and the perfect companion volume to bestselling author Daniel Klein's new book, Travels with Epicurus



The teachings of Epicurus—about life and death, religion and science, physical sensation, happiness, morality, and friendship—attracted legions of adherents throughout the ancient Mediterranean world and deeply influenced later European thought. ...
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The Art of Happiness

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Overview

New to Penguin Classics and the perfect companion volume to bestselling author Daniel Klein's new book, Travels with Epicurus



The teachings of Epicurus—about life and death, religion and science, physical sensation, happiness, morality, and friendship—attracted legions of adherents throughout the ancient Mediterranean world and deeply influenced later European thought. Though Epicurus faced hostile opposition for centuries after his death, he counts among his many admirers Thomas Hobbes, Thomas Jefferson, Karl Marx, and Isaac Newton. This volume includes all of his extant writings—his letters, doctrines, and Vatican sayings—alongside parallel passages from the greatest exponent of his philosophy, Lucretius, extracts from Diogenes Laertius' Life of Epicurus, a lucid introductory essay about Epicurean philosophy, and a foreword by Daniel Klein, author of Travels with Epicurus and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar.




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101608654
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/24/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 289,614
  • File size: 886 KB

Meet the Author

Epicurus (341–271 BC) founded one of antiquity's most influential philosophical schools, which focused on the pursuit of happiness. Born on the Greek island of Samos, he operated the Garden, devoted to philosophy and communal living, outside of Athens.


George K. Strodach (1905–1971) taught at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania—first in the language department and then in the philosophy department—for more than thirty-five years.


Daniel Klein is the author of Travels with Epicurus and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. He lives in Western Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Daniel Klein vii

Preface George K. Strodach xiii

The Art of Happiness

Introduction George K. Strodach 1

I Development of the Atomic Concept 1

II First Principles of Atomism and Their Implications 8

III The Motion of Atoms 15

IV Sensation and Perception 18

V Theory of Knowledge 25

VI Religion and Theology 39

VII Ethics and the Good Life 56

A Note on the Translation 77

Excerpts from the Life of Epicurus Diogenes Laertius 81

Letter to Herodotus: Parallel Passages from Lucretius 91

Letter to Pythocles: Parallel Passages from Lucretius 135

Letter to Menoeceus: Parallel Passages from Lucretius 155

Leading Doctrines 173

The Vatican Collection of Aphorisms 181

Abbreviations 185

Notes 187

Selected Bibliography 241

Index 245

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