Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Comments & Symbols on Written Work

[oohead]Perplexed by the comments and markings in my feedback on your work – whether online, or on paper? You will find some answers here.[/oohead] [phil writer=”Lalor” styl=”float: right; left: 0 !important;”]Items in grey rows fall on the formal/mechanics side of the spectrum of evaluation. They refer to criteria such as length requirements, spelling, and grammar. Items in green rows fall on the content/conceptual side, and include criteria for assessing the articulation of ideas, the evaluation of evidence, and the composition and presentation of arguments. [help][/help] links to help pages. This list is worth some attention prior to paper-writing, as a […]

"Epicurus," by Mitch Francis

Epicurus’ Principal Doctrines

[oohcol][commentary] by Epicurus (Ἐπίκουρος), trans. Peter Saint-Andre (2008).[/commentary] [oohead]Principal Doctrines[/oohead]   English Translation Greek Original [note] 1. That which is blissful and immortal has no troubles itself, nor does it cause trouble for others, so that it is not affected by anger or gratitude (for all such things come about through weakness). [note] τὸ μακάριον καὶ ἄφθαρτον οὔτε αὐτὸ πράγματα ἔχει οὔτε ἄλλῳ παρέχει· ὥστε οὔτε ὀργαῖς οὔτε χάρισι συνέχεται· ἐν ἀσθενεῖ γὰρ πᾶν τὸ τοιοῦτον. 2. Death is nothing to us; for what has disintegrated lacks awareness, and what lacks awareness is nothing to us. [note] ὁ θάνατος οὐδὲν […]

"Epicurus," by Mitch Francis

Epicurus’ Letter

Our text is Epicurus’ Letter to Menoikos. Trans. Peter Saint-Andre. 2011.[avatars][oohcol] [oohead]Epicurus’ Eden[/oohead][commentary][phil writer=”Lalor”]Aristotle’s death in 322 B.C.E. brought a Golden Age to a close; but Greek philosophy was then still to birth Stoicism and Epicureanism, two schools that emphasized self-mastery as the rudder that allows one to steer a course around life’s troubles and toward the good life. Epicurus (Ἐπίκουρος, 341-270 B.C.E.) articulated a moderate hedonist philosophy – so called for the Greek hēdonismos (ἡδονισμός), which is in turn derived from hēdonē (ἡδονή), meaning ‘pleasure’. He presented a moderate approach to life, but one based on the pursuit of […]