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 (ĕp′ĭ-kyo͝o-rē′ə-nĭz′əm, -kyo͝or′ē-)
1. A philosophy advanced by Epicurus that considered happiness, or the avoidance of pain and emotional disturbance, to be the highest good and that advocated the pursuit of pleasures that can be enjoyed in moderation.
2. also epicureanism Devotion to a life of pleasure and luxury.
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(ˌɛp ɪ kyʊˈri əˌnɪz əm, -ˈkyʊər i-)

also Ep•i•cur•ism

(ˈɛp ɪ kyʊˌrɪz əm, ˌɛp ɪˈkyʊər ɪz əm)

1. the philosophical system of Epicurus, holding that the world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from disturbance or pain.
2. (l.c.) epicurean tastes or habits.
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epicurism, epicureanism

1. the cultivation of a refined taste, as in food, art, music, etc.; connoisseurship.
2. a devotion or adaptation to luxurious tastes, especially in drinking and eating, or to indulgence in sensual pleasures. — epicure, n.epicurean, n., adj.
See also: Pleasure
the habit of refined, often luxurious, enjoyment of sensuous pleasures, especially of food. — epicurean, n., adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
the philosophical system of Epicurus, holding that the natural world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms, and that the highest good is f reedom from disturbance and pain. Also Epicurism.Epicurean, n., adj.
See also: Philosophy
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A Greek philosophy identifying good with pleasure but advocating a withdrawn and quiet life.
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Noun1.epicureanism - a doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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[ˌepɪkjʊəˈrɪənɪzəm] Nepicureísmo m
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Do you think that I could stay here contented with what you call my compensations - my art, the study of beautiful things, the calm epicureanism of the sedate and simple life?
We learn from Cicero that Philodemus was constantly at Piso's side, and instructed him in Epicureanism. He may even have lived for some time at Piso's home, perhaps in Herculaneum.
Their topics are Filelfo and the Byzantines, Hellenism and cultural unease in humanism: the case of Filelfo; Filelfo's Plato: always already there; Epicureanism and Stoicism in his letters: a reconsideration; Filelfo and the Spartans; Filelfo and writing of history; erudition, emulation, and enmity in the dedication letters to his Greek to Latin translations; Filelfo as a writer of invective; La meriquie latine de Filelfo: epopee, satire, elegie, ode; and Filelfo, Cicero, and epistolary style: a computational study.
Together with this, Hass also explores Epicureanism and everyday life in a way much like Stevens.
This first tale of the Dream Cycle, which is essentially an embryonic version of the one analyzed later in this article, has been received by scholars as an expression of sympathy for Epicureanism, an ancient Greek school of thought initially pitted against Platonism: the very school of thought that would later be famously promoted by Lucretius in his poem De Rerum Natura, and draw the ire of eminent neo-Platonists such as the ones Lewis links himself to in Out of the Silent Planet (Kraye 103).
The fact is that the verses in FitzGerald's translation reflect both pessimism and Epicureanism. One can find both approaches in the various verses.
A view which is present in Epicureanism as well as many non-Western traditions, such as Buddhism, is that of happiness as the absence of suffering.
(8.1-4), straightforward Epicureanism (9.7-10), numerous references to
Chapter 2 examines the views of "Magnus," the name which Inwood gives to the anonymous third-century author of the Magna Moralia (which Inwood takes to be pseudo-Aristotelian), and those of Strato of Lampsacus, Lycon, and Hieronymus, third-century heads of the Peripatetic school, all of whom show the influences of Epicureanism in their rearticulations of Aristotelian positions.
Epicurus (341-270 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the philosophical movement known as Epicureanism. Epicurus' school of philosophy was a clinic of the soul (psuche), based in his own garden.