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  • proper noun philosophy The doctrine of Cyrenaics that people should ultimately aim at the pleasure of the present moment, disregarding future pain that could result from it.


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  • Titianesque brocade, the statuette of a naked faun at his elbow, and a faun-like smile on his own ruddy lips, represented another aspect of the ancestral spirit: the rounded temperament of an age of Cyrenaicism, in which every moment was a ripe fruit sunned on all sides.

    The Valley of Decision

  • And Cyrenaicism or Epicureanism too, new or old, may be noticed, in proportion to the completeness of its development, to approach, as to the nobler form of Cynicism, so also to the more nobly developed phases of the old, or traditional morality.

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 2

  • Stoicism and Epicureanism, and in that world of old Greek [20] thought, we may notice with some surprise that, in a little while, the nobler form of Cyrenaicism -- Cyrenaicism cured of its faults -- met the nobler form of Cynicism half-way.

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 2

  • Cynicism and Cyrenaicism: -- they are the earlier Greek forms of Roman

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 2

  • And we may note, as Marius could hardly have done, that Cyrenaicism is ever the characteristic philosophy of youth, ardent, but narrow in its survey -- sincere, but apt to become one-sided, or even fanatical.

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 2

  • Vol. 1, Cyrenaicism, and Vol. 2, Second Thoughts, where Pater quotes the same key Cyrenaic language.

    Plato and Platonism

  • It may be that to those to whom the Other World is very instant, as it is to many Irishmen, or to those that go about daily preparing for the world beyond the grave, as did our Puritan ancestors of the seventeenth century, these poems of Mr. Russell's speak familiar language, as they of a certainty do to the mystic, but to the many modern art lovers who hold to Pater's "New Cyrenaicism," -- as Mr. Russell would say, "those under the blight of the Relative," -- as well as to the man in the street their language is new and difficult to understand.

    Irish Plays and Playwrights


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