Historical Who is Who
341 - 271 BCE
Initiator of what became the Epicurean garden/school of philosophy in Athens. He offered a path to serenity – a condition of detachment from worldly preoccupations, including any fear of death or divine punishment. Any sensuous enthusiasm is a dangerous distraction. Human life is part of an atomic flow which includes gods/goodness. Contentment and happiness along these lines are the outcome of a true moral education, which is wilfully constrained in its pursuit of self-interest. Only scraps of his reportedly extensive writings survive, though the substantial influence of thinking continues.