The Art of Happiness by Epicurus, John K. Strodach (Introducer),
John K. Strodach (Translator), www.penguin.co.uk
How do we achieve happiness? This simple question has concerned philosophers and people in general for countless ages, myself included.
Perhaps you as well have pondered the same thing and wondered how it is you can acquire it. This book concerns itself with Epicurus, a philosopher that was all about happiness, and what he believes leads us to a fulfilling happy life.
Epicurus was born in Ancient Greece in 341 BC, and while prior philosophers of the time, such as Plato and Aristotle, were concerning themselves with the question of "What makes people good?", Epicurus was concerning himself with the question, "What makes people happy?" Nowadays, we are made to think that what leads us to happiness is the acquisition of wealth and status; that fame and romance lead to a happy life, and that having nice things will make people like you. Epicurus thought and reasoned very differently. This is therefore a must read book!
The Art of Happiness is a brilliant book of a highly influential Greek philosopher, with a foreword by Daniel Klein, author of 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 co-author of the New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar.
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