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Epicurus 1. The gods are the divine forces of the world, immortal and always present. The immortal gods do not concern themselves with petty human affairs, since they are blessed with everything attainable and have nothing to gain from us. The human perception of good and bad do not always match up. 2. After death, a person cannot feel any sensations, either good or evil. When a person is a live, death is not present; when in death, the person no longer exists. The belief makes a mortal life happy because it takes away all reasons to fear death and removes the desire to achieve immortality. It is foolish to fear death because if the actual event of death is not painful, the thought of it should not bring any pain. 3. The man who has perfect knowledge knows how to deal his desires and able to distinguish between vain and natural desires. The final end of the blessed life is health of body and a calmness of mind. Once a person obtains the lifestyle, he does
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Unformatted text preview: not need to look any further, and he can be content. 4. Pleasure is the absence of pain. It is the first and natural good because it is a basic thing that all humans seek for, to have pleasant experiences and avoid pain. Some pleasures are to be avoided to avoid more painful consequences; other times, pains are accepted to lead to greater pleasure. 5. Simple and plain living is conducive to health, prepares a person for necessary tasks of life, enables a person to enjoy the luxuries obtained, and removes fears for the future. Seeking pleasures is dangerous because it could lead to more suffering, pain, and death. 6. The beginning and the chief good is prudence, living life according to reason. Prudence is more precious than philosophy itself because all other virtues spring from it. It teaches that it is not possible to live pleasantly without living predently, nobly, and justly....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PHIL 25 taught by Professor Heffernan during the Spring '08 term at Pacific.

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