Letter to Menoeceus By Epicurus. Translated by Robert Drew Hicks. Greeting. Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search. Letter to Menoeceus – Epicurus – Translated by Robert Drew Hicks – Epicurus; BC, was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the. In this letter, Epicurus recommends to Menoeceus that he conduct his life according to certain prescripts, and in accordance with certain beliefs, in order that his.
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Of those that are natural, some are necessary and letterr unnecessary. Of those that are necessary, some are necessary for happiness, some for health, and some for life itself.
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So Epicurus says some desires are necessary and some an unnecessary. So the questions I brought to class follows:. The group started off with a simple answer: Such as food, water, oxygen, shelter.
Then we discussed whether or not clothing was necessary. We said that clothing would not be necessary if a shelter was well built, or if you lived in a warm climate.
However, clothing could be necessary or some and necessary for others. Then, is the definition of necessary and necessary unique to each person?
The group decided on that necessities was unique to each person. For example, one person may need medicine that is necessary for their health. There is also some sort of base line necessities that everyone needs and the goal of having these necessities is the live happy and with pleasure.
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The group also said friendship makes getting necessities easier thus friendship helps pleasure and happiness. Given that desires can be necessities are unique to each individual, at what point does it transition from being a unnecessary desire to a necessary one? We tried to quantify it as how long one could go without it. So there is a tier or hierarchy of necessities. Oxygen would be the most necessary and then water, food, shelter and so on.
Letter to Menoeceus
One group member brought up the idea of how addictions form. To an addict, at first the narcotics they use are unnecessary and after some time it becomes necessary to them.
We realized there could be some loop-hole to our reasoning. Is there a cut of point of when something transitions?
So the questions I brought to class follows: Community projects during Reading Week. Discussion Summary on Epicurus. Spam prevention powered by Akismet.