Art of Happiness

ISBN-10: 0143107216
ISBN-13: 9780143107217
Edition: 2013
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Description: New to Penguin Classics and the perfect companion volume to bestselling author Daniel Klein's new book,Travels with EpicurusThe teachings of Epicurus—about life and death, religion and science, physical sensation, happiness, morality, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

New to Penguin Classics and the perfect companion volume to bestselling author Daniel Klein's new book,Travels with EpicurusThe 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 ofTravels with Epicurusand coauthor of theNew York TimesbestsellerPlato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar.

Epicurus founded his philosophical school and lived with his friends in his "Garden" in Athens when the city was witnessing the rise of Macedonian dominance and Greek politics reflected the ongoing crisis in values and virtues. Many thinkers felt the growing need for intellectual conservatism and voluntary withdrawal to secure a life of imperturbability. That his school became a model followed in other cities, including Rome, for more than 500 years is both testimony to the strong appeal Epicurus's ethical doctrines exerted and a sign of the logical conviction the theory of Atomism generated in his followers. Epicurus, who knew the pre-Socratics well, revived and extended the Atomism of Democritus and Leucippus by finding broader applications for Atomism in psychology, physics, and ethics. Although the principles of the physical teachings of Epicurus were destined for a significant revival, and in certain ways, experimental confirmation in modern times, the special appeal of his philosophy was basically ethical. His physics remains the background to support a way of life aiming at the enhancement of pleasure and avoidance of pain. Epicurus's theories sought to reveal the causes of pain, especially fear, whether of death or of divine intervention. He taught that only the acquisition of knowledge helps in the effort to cope with fears and secure a happy life. His influence was felt strongly in Italy and it found in Rome an eloquent spokesman in Lucretius, whose masterwork, De Rerum Natura, is by far the most complete exposition of Epicureanism.

Daniel Klein is the coauthor (with Thomas Cathcart) of the international bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates. The author or coauthor of thirty other books, including The Half-Jewish Book, the Elvis Presley mystery series (Kill Me Tender, Blue Suede Clues), and the award-winning novel The History of Now, Klein holds a degree in philosophy from Harvard University and lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Freke Vuijst.

Foreword
Preface
The Art of Happiness
Introduction
Development of the Atomic Concept
First Principles of Atomism and Their Implications
The Motion of Atoms
Sensation and Perception
Theory of Knowledge
Religion and Theology
Ethics and the Good Life
A Note on the Translation
Excerpts from the Life of Epicurus
Letter to Herodotus: Parallel Passages from Lucretius
Letter to Pythocles: Parallel Passages from Lucretius
Letter to Menoeceus: Parallel Passages from Lucretius
Leading Doctrines
The Vatican Collection of Aphorisms
Abbreviations
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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