This week is a good week to catch your breath and enjoy a more practical lesson in ethics. Epicurus puts forth the idea that pleasure is our life's goal, and that we should choose actions which best achieve this end. This doesn't necessarily mean we should indulge in every pleasure, he explains; rather we should first consider the consequences brought about by our actions, then decide what will provide the most happiness overall. He speaks about very specific actions that lead one to be happy, such as how to contemplate death, how to maintain good health, and the importance of friendship. In your Reflection, please share your thoughts on Epicurus' advice. Is "Freedom from bodily pain and mental agitation (p 51)" the best life we can lead? Plato and Aristotle in their writings caution against excess and pleasure, yet Epicurus finds it to be the goal of life. How do Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus differ in their opinions about pleasure and happiness? Please post your Reflections and Responses by midnight, Sunday, September 27th.
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||09/27/2015 11:00 pm