Welcome to the Lucretius Today Podcast
This is a podcast dedicated to the poet Lucretius, author of “On The Nature of Things,” the only complete presentation of Epicurean philosophy left to us from the ancient world.
Your host Cassius Amicus, together with panelists from the EpicureanFriends.com forum, will walk you through Lucretius’ poem and discuss how Epicurean philosophy can apply to you today. Be aware that none of us are professional philosophers, and everyone here is a a self-taught Epicurean. We encourage you to study Epicurus for yourself, and we suggest the best place to start is the book, “Epicurus and His Philosophy” by Canadian professor Norman DeWitt.
Here are our three ground rules that apply to all our podcasts:
First: Our aim is to bring you an accurate presentation of classical Epicurean philosophy as the ancient Epicureans understood it, which is not necessarily the same as modern commentators interpret it.
Second: We won’t be talking about modern political issues in this podcast. We call this approach “Not Neo-Epicurean, But Epicurean.” Epicurean philosophy is a philosophy of its own, it’s not Stoicism, Humanism, Buddhism, Taoism, Atheism, or Marxism – it is unique and must be understood on its own, not in terms of any conventional modern morality.
Third: We will be talking about many details of Epicurean physics, but we’ll always relate them to how they translate into the Epicurean conclusions about how best to live. Lucretius will show that Epicurus was not focused on luxury, like some people say, but neither did he teach minimalism, as other people say. Epicurus taught that feeling – pleasure and pain – are the guides that Nature gave us to live by, not gods, idealism, or virtue ethics. More than anything else, Epicurus taught that the universe is not supernatural in any way, and that means there’s no life after death, and any happiness we’ll ever have comes in THIS life, which is why it is so important not to waste time in confusion.
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The LucretiusToday Podcast is a project of www.EpicureanFriends.com, where discussion of the philosophy of Epicurus takes place between podcast episodes.