VIII—Epicurus on Pleasure, a Complete Life, and Death: A Defence

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Alex Voorhoeve
London School of Economics
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Epicurus argued that the good life is the pleasurable life. He also argued that ‘death is nothing to us’. These claims appear in tension. For if pleasure is good, then it seems that death is bad when it deprives us of deeply enjoyable time alive. Here, I offer an Epicurean view of pleasure and the complete life which dissolves this tension. This view is, I contend, more appealing than critics of Epicureanism have allowed, in part because it assigns higher value to pleasures that we produce by exercising our rational capacities and by establishing control over our lives.
Keywords Epicurus  Death  Hedonism  Pleasure
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DOI 10.1093/arisoc/aoy018
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