EPICURUS

EPICURUS

Samos, approx. 342 - 271 B.C.
IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE TO LIVE PLEASANTLY, IF HE DOES NOT LEAVE WITH PRUDENCE, ETHICS AND FAIRNESS; HOWEVER, HE CAN NOT LEAVE WITH PRUDENCE, ETHICS AND FAIRNESS IF HE DOES NOT LIVE WITH PLEASURE.

He was born in Samos, his parents being Athenians land owners. A distinguished philosopher, he settled in Athens and founded his own school of Philosophy. He stated that the basic principle of everything is matter, and beyond matter there is nothing but the Void. According to this materialistic theory, the only ultimate commodity is pleasure, not of momentary nature, but continuous, and the ultimate evil was pain, creating two poles around which the lives of mortal people are spinning. That is the reason why a man should prefer the spiritual over the physical pleasure as they last longer.