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Classifying the Epicurean Goods

Classifying the Epicurean Goods

Alex R Gillham, “Classifying the Epicurean Goods,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 77, no. 1 (2021): 47–70,

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  • Classifying the Epicurean Goods

    Type Journal Article
    Author Alex R Gillham
    Rights © 2021 by Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 77
    Issue 1
    Pages 47-70
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5283
    Date 2021
    DOI 10.17990/RPF/2021_77_1_0047
    Language English
    Abstract Scholars have paid little attention to the classifications among goods that Epicureans posit. This paper remedies that deficiency. I argue for three claims. First, if we take instrumental goods to be those that are a means or causally lead to the intrinsic good and we take constitutive goods to be those that are part of or amount to the intrinsic good, then the Epicureans probably took reverence for a wise man and wisdom to be instrumental goods but self-sufficiency and phronesis to be constitutive goods. Second, Epicurean personal goods are those that produce eudaimonia but are firmly up to us to achieve rather than owing to chance. Third, Epicurean immortal goods are those that bring about divinely resilient tranquility for those who cultivate them. I then show how positing these classifications enables the Epicureans to claim that godlike happiness is achievable through our own efforts no matter the external circumstances.
    Date Added 4/29/2021, 12:33:03 AM
    Modified 4/29/2021, 11:21:26 AM


    • Epicurus, epicureanism, eudaimonia, goods, tranquility.


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