Introduction to Ethics, Week six Day one
Introduction to Ethics, Week six Day one PHIL21001
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jessica Bobik on Monday February 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PHIL21001 at Kent State University taught by Matthew A. Veneklase in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 42 views. For similar materials see Intro to Ethics in PHIL-Philosophy at Kent State University.
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Date Created: 02/29/16
Week six Day one What is Ancient Philosophy? (Epicureanism) Hellenistic – period of Ancient Greek / Mediterranean history ▯ ▯ Epicurus – created Epicureanism Epicurus Ethical Theory: a form of hedonism >> a pleasre is the highest human good<< o It is also a form of asceticism: it requires a person to cultivate a highly disciplines way of life o “The experience was that of the flesh” Our capacity to experience pleasure or pain, and he desire to be free of pain o Fundamental choice: to seek freedom from suffering, and to seek therefor a certain experience of pleasure * seek the only genuine pleasure: “the pure pleasure of existing” * * suffering comes from people being unaware of this genuine pleasure * ▯ Three reasons why people may FAIL to obtain genuine pleasure They can not be satisfied with what they have They seek what is beyond their reach They spoil their pleasure by fearing they will lose it * suffering is coming from empty opinions, which could be corrected or eliminated” * * Epicurean Philosophy is dedicated to “curing” people of these problems (the three problems listed above), therefore to enabling them to experience this “genuine pleasure” * ▯ ▯ Ethics Two kinds of pleasure o Changing pleasure (Habot calls them mobile pleasures) Is NOT constant Brief and intense Insatiable, they cannot be truly satisfied When they reach a certain level of intensity, “they” become suffering once again ** you crave a snack, eat far too much of it, then get sick from it ** ▯
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