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PHI1104E-January272014.docx

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Philosophy
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PHI1104
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David Raynor

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Epicurus (341-371 B.C.) “Don’t fear god, Don’t worry about death; What is good is easy to get, and What is terrible is easy to endure” 1. Introduction: Epicurus – tie in happiness with lack of fear. Epicurus wants people to be content with less than they want 2. The Gods: Most people are in a state of confusion about the Gods. - they are indestructible & blessed. Even if there are Gods, they are not important to us. Why? There is nothing to fear from them. The Gods are such that they are not going to be vengeful, or frivolous. The Gods aren’t going to be any relevance to how we live our life – they aren’t going to be a negative relevance because we have no reason to fear. Even if they have SOME relevance (positive) they would just be positive role models. Dogmatic 3. Death: there is no reason to fear death because death is nothing to us. (get used to believing that- therapeutic element-talk yourself into it) Epicurus views death as something that is inevitable. For all good and bad consists of sense experience – the kind of good and bad is (pleasure is good, pain is bad) death is the privation of sense experience – so with death there is no such thing as good and bad. To be happy, you have to lose the fear of death. Eradicate the false view that death is the en
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