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Epicurus #6 Epicurus goes against the majority of Greek ethical theorists, such as the Stoics, who identify happiness with virtue, and Aristotle, who identifies happiness with a life of virtuous activity. To Epicurus, the greatest human desire is pleasure, and the optimization of that pleasure. Humans are motivated to optimize their own pleasure, even if they have to initially work for it. Our decisions are all motivated by what will make us happiest and most satisfied, and this is seen implemented in every single thing that we do. This is known as moderate hedonism. Pleasure is of intrinsic, unconditional, and complete worth. It is the greatest human good. For Maslow’’s triangle of needs, self-actualization is the greatest good, but for Epicurus it is pleasure, and the greatest pleasure status is achieved through moderate hedonism, a balance of a moderated life with absolutely no excess. This is the key to a best life being lived. This is his account of human
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