Essay The Philosophy Of Epicurus And John Stuart Mill

1716 Words Sep 20th, 2016 7 Pages
Comparing the philosophy of Epicurus and John Stuart Mill Epicurus is famous for writing the theory of hedonism, which holds that pleasure is the only intrinsic value. However, we will see, his view of pleasure may differ from ours. For Epicurus, the most pleasant life is one where “We abstain from unnecessary desires and achieve an inner peace by being content with simple things.” Therefore, by choosing pleasure of a conversation with friends over the pursuit of physical pleasures like food, drink, and sex. In our book, “The Ethical Life” Epicurus has written “And even as men choose of food not merely and simply the larger portion, but the more pleasant, so the wise seek to enjoy the time which is most pleasant and not merely that which is longest” In my opinion, we don’t seek food for pleasure. Food is something a human cannon survive without. This relates to when Epicurus states: “Accustom yourself to believing that death is nothing to us, for good and evil imply the capacity for sensation, and death is the privation of all sentience; therefore a correct understanding that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of life enjoyable, not by adding to life a limitless time, but by taking away the yearning after immortality.” If death is nothing to us, then would a human eat at all? Having no fear of death? Personally, there are many things I choose not to do, simply because I have a huge fear of death. Some of those things being; going on rollercoasters, bungee jumping,…

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