Epicurus’ thinks that we should always pursue pleasure. This type of hedonism,
psychological and a normative doctrine
Psychoglgical in the sense that pleasure is what we always ultimately pursue – we our life
decisions are closely analyse
And then we pursue pleasure in moderation
Sartre would argue that this type of doctrine stems from human nature perspective because
Epicurus argues that we already choose to live a life accodrding to pleasure in general. Ie.
you base the meaning of you life on emotions thorugh achievements
. This to Sartre is
incorrect because it is absurd that human nature should be viewed at all by
accomplishments and pride.
Hewoul then think Epicurus is wrong to set a guide of how to live one’s life by toalways
pursue pleasure. He would state that we choose who we want to be. Our actions are guided
by what we think we are. There are not set principles to go by. We are who we are and our
life is define dby our actions and the responsibilities that come with those actions.
I do think Epicurus makes critical point about living our life to maximize and secure
pleasure – and to moderate it. That hardship in order to attain pleasure is necessary.
Perhaps not the egoistic part where the ultimate goal is to please oneself evnen if it means
to pelase others. I think that generosity is necessary, to give without necessarily being
compensated – in moderation.
Everything in moderation
So int that sense, I think Sartre has a more accurate conception of the point of life because
he negates pride as an acceptable behaviour. Knowing that all we do and what make of
ourselves is purely done by us, it brings a sense of humility in that hard work brings you
pleasantful things in life and
But I do not agree with epicurus conception on egoistism because I find Sartre’s view on
Forlorness outweighs I feel that it is right to feel a heavier weight on the fact that It is not
just us we have ot work ahd for but for the better of others too. Whether it's on a small
communal scale or a larger nation-wide, international scale.