Epicurus

Tuesday 21st  May, 7.30 at the Rose and Crown, Tintern



Dr Ken Binmore

NEXT MEETING 21st May 2019

Epicurus was a Greek philosopher who taught in Athens long before the time of Christ. His ideas were the default philosophical position in the ancient world for several hundred years after his death. Epicurus himself was an ancient folk hero. But his  ascetic philosophy was cynically misrepresented by the early Christian church as what we nowadays still call  'epicureanism'. His many books were systematically destroyed and little now survives. How come he was so shabbily treated? What was his real philosophy? Is it possible that it can bring the same comfort to us as it brought to those who idolised Epicurus in ancient times?

Epicurus (341–270 BC) founded a highly influential school of philosophy now called Epicureanism. He was born on the Greek island of Samo and established his own school, known as "the Garden", in Athens

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