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Name: Course Code: Professor: Course Code: Introduction: Epicurus is a founder of a philosophical thought known as Epicureanism. The need of human beings to live a happy and tranquil life was the reason as to way Epicurus was able to develop his philosophies.
He further goes on to state that, there is no life after death, and the gods cannot punish human beings after they are dead. This is because the universe is eternal, infinite, and is composed of atoms which move freely around the empty place. This paper analyzes the teachings of Epicurus, by looking at his concept of ataraxia (Keefe, 2010). This paper identifies how Epicurus defines pleasure, and happiness in a person. On this basis, this paper expands Epicurus explanation of happiness. It explains in detail how pleasure comes out as a result of doing good, and pain as a result of doing evil. This paper further identifies specific desires that human beings have, and the view of Epicurus concerning these desires. It also identifies the virtues that Epicurus thought an individual needs in order to live a good life, and his religious views. This paper has a conclusion which is a summary of the major points found in the text. Pleasure and Happiness: Epicurus denotes that happiness is the supreme good and it comes as a result of maximizing all aspects of pleasure. Epicurus further goes on to identify two types of pleasures; namely dynamic and static pleasures. Dynamic pleasure comes from the food that people eat and drink. Static pleasure comes as a result of having a stable mental, physical and emotional stability. ...
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