Philosophy – A Guide to Happiness: Epicurus on Happiness

Narrated by Alain de Botton, this 2nd of 6 parts in the series, Philosophy – A Guide To Happiness. This episode clarifies Epicurus’ philosophy and teachings. Only a few fragments and letters remain of Epicurus’s 300 written works. Much of what is known about Epicurean philosophy derives from later followers and commentators. He was a key figure in the Axial Age, the period from 800 BCE to 200 BCE, during which similarly revolutionary thinking appeared in China, India, Iran, the Near East, and Ancient Greece. (24 min)

4 Responses

  1. CS says:

    It’s not hard to understand this piece of philosophy and yet so many people miss it and chase after that illusive happiness disguised in consumerism and other material wealth.

    I like Alain de Botton, there is a nice gentle way about him…

  2. shapeshift says:

    Yes, isn’t so? Maybe the elements of happiness is not hard to understand but slightly harder to attain and consumerism is a so much easier substitute. An analyzed life for instance is not everyone’s cup of tea. I new pair of shoes is a quick fix… and then one is hooked. Plus marketing seems to be so powerful especially with all the media today and most of us are too weak to resist.

  3. ann says:

    it is easy when the things that bring true happiness remain elusive to turn to self medicating through shopping, etc…hehe, if I take too much time to analyze my life, I would get even more anxious… :-) ut, i do agree with his idea of having lots of friends around…i seem to have lost that over the years and spend more time on my own, when not at work…I found this clip esp interesting as my grandfather was born in Samos…i would like to visit there one day…

  4. shapeshift says:

    It’s a very good point you bring up. I also rather spend a lot of time alone doing my own thing. I thought about this as they were talking about Epicurus’ idea of friends. We are living in a very different time and we have virtual threads going on all the time that it kind of replaces the idea that we need to have friends with us all the time.

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