Epicureanism Ep`i*cu*re"an*ism, n. Attachment to the doctrines of Epicurus; the principles or belief of Epicurus. [1913 Webster]

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  • Epicureanism — Stephen Everson It is tempting to portray Epicureanism as the most straightforward, perhaps even simplistic, of the major dogmatic philosophical schools of the Hellenistic age. Starting from an atomic physics, according to which ‘the totality of… …   History of philosophy

  • EPICUREANISM — EPICUREANISM, a philosophy of adjustment to the social changes after alexander the great (336–323), founded by Epicurus, 342/1–270 B.C.E., the most revered and the most reviled of all founders of thought in the Greco Roman world (De Witt). Recent …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • epicureanism — 1751, with reference to a philosophy; 1847 in a general sense, from EPICUREAN (Cf. epicurean) + ISM (Cf. ism). Earlier was epicurism (1570s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Epicureanism — [ep΄ikyoor′ē əniz΄əm] n. 1. the philosophy of Epicurus or his school 2. adherence to or practice of this philosophy 3. [e ] EPICURISM …   English World dictionary

  • Epicureanism — /ep i kyoo ree euh niz euhm, kyoor ee /, n. 1. the philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from… …   Universalium

  • epicureanism — noun Date: circa 1751 1. capitalized a. the philosophy of Epicurus who subscribed to a hedonistic ethics that considered an imperturbable emotional calm the highest good and whose followers held intellectual pleasures superior to transient… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Epicureanism — In common usage, a way of life based on sensual enjoyment. However, this is not the recommendation of Epicurus, who advocated the pursuit only of pleasures that can be controlled and enjoyed in moderation: pleasures of friendship, peace, and… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Epicureanism — Epicurean ► NOUN 1) a follower of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 270 BC), who taught that pleasure, particularly mental pleasure, was the highest good. 2) (epicurean) an epicure. ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to Epicurus or his ideas. 2)… …   English terms dictionary

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