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  • Greek philosopher who founded his influential school of Epicureanism in Athens (c. 306) and a utopian community called “The Garden.”

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  • proper noun An ancient Greek philosopher, founder of the movement commonly known as Epicureanism.

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  • noun Greek philosopher who believed that the world is a random combination of atoms and that pleasure is the highest good (341-270 BC)

Etymologies

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From Latin Epicūrus, from Ancient Greek Ἐπίκουρος.

Examples

  • David Hume (1711-1776) in his summary of what he called Epicurus's "little riddle":

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  • He undertook to have the "Epicurus" -- a swift vessel, which Cleopatra had given to her friend -- ready for a voyage to the open sea within two hours.

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  • He undertook to have the "Epicurus" -- a swift vessel, which Cleopatra had given to her friend -- ready for a voyage to the open sea within two hours.

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  • He undertook to have the "Epicurus" -- a swift vessel, which Cleopatra had given to her friend -- ready for a voyage to the open sea within two hours.

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  • He undertook to have the "Epicurus" -- a swift vessel, which Cleopatra had given to her friend -- ready for a voyage to the open sea within two hours.

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  • He undertook to have the "Epicurus" -- a swift vessel, which Cleopatra had given to her friend -- ready for a voyage to the open sea within two hours.

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  • I think this part of his thesis that evolution “Darwinism” is derived from Epicurus, which is unconvincingly argued in his previous book Moral Darwinism.

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  • Philosoph.tom. ii.p. 310, &c.] 150 The birth of Epicurus is fixed to the year 342 before Christ, (Bayle,) Olympiad cix. 3; and he opened his school at Athens, Olmp.cxviii. 3, 306 years before the same aera.

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  • But I wonder at the ignorance and precipitancy of those who call Epicurus an atheist.

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  • But an infinite number of solid and therefore indivisible atoms of finitely many kinds, such as Epicurus 'theory provides, are enough to avoid the possibility of the universe crumbling into nothing.

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