A leading philosopher shows that if the pursuit of happiness is the question, Epicureanism is the answer
Epicureanism has a reputation problem, bringing to mind gluttons with gout or an admonition to eat, drink, and be merry. In How to Be an Epicurean, philosopher Catherine Wilson shows that Epicureanism isn't an excuse for having a good time: it's a means to live a good life. Although modern conveniences and scientific progress have significantly improved our quality of life, many of the problems faced by ancient Greeks -- love, money, family, politics -- remain with us in new forms. To overcome these obstacles, the Epicureans adopted a philosophy that promoted reason, respect for the natural world, and reverence for our fellow humans. By applying this ancient wisdom to a range of modern problems, from self-care routines and romantic entanglements to issues of public policy and social justice, Wilson shows us how we can all fill our lives with purpose and pleasure.
Basic Books; September 2019
- ISBN: 9781541672628
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- Title: How to Be an Epicurean
- Author: Catherine Wilson
Imprint: Basic Books
In The Press
"CatherineWilson's book achieves something rare intellectually, the steep task its authorexplicitly sets for herself: it carves out an accessible explication of anidea, Epicureanism, to give readers more genuine, immediate agency over theirlives. But this isn't a book for Epicureans, or only for Epicureans. It's abook for anyone who wants to use careful thought to make better considered,happier choices."—MatthewWolfson, journalist
About The Author
Catherine Wilson received her PhD in philosophy from Princeton University and has taught at universities in the US, Canada, and Europe. She has published more than 100 research papers and eight books, including A Very Short Introduction to Epicureanism and Metaethics from a First-Person Standpoint. She has two children and lives in New York City, where she is currently visiting presidential professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center at CUNY.