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p. 928. Epicurean ethicslocked

  • Catherine Wilson


The Epicurean moral tenets concern living, loving, and dying. Their recommendations reflect the conviction that although pain and pleasure can be felt as either ‘psychological’ or ‘physical’, the mind is inseparable from the body, and ‘all good and bad consists in sense-experience’. The material nature of the body and mind makes suffering and death inevitable and the latter final and incontrovertible. Self-denial has no ethical importance for the Epicurean except as a means of preventing pain. ‘Epicurean ethics’ assesses Epicurean moral philosophy by considering desire and disappointment, the finality of death (mortalism), and the ethics associated with human welfare.

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