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Reclaiming Epicurus

by Luke Slattery

PUBLISHED: 26th June 2013
ISBN: 9780143570431
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PUBLISHED: 26th June 2013
ISBN: 9780143570431

Publisher Description

Epicureanism has been diluted into a byword for gourmet dining, but does the original ancient Greek 'philosophy of the Garden' contain insight that could save the world? Luke Slattery argues that reading Epicurus could help us rethink our materialist ways and challenge the inevitability of man-made climate change. Rather than appealing to altruism, or calling for revolution in the global economy, the Epicurean philosophy turns the developed world's credo of 'greed is good' on its head, counselling that genuine happiness comes from the quieting of desire; from less, not more. And that might just be the mindset we need to rein in unsustainable development. In this thoughtful Penguin Special, Slattery traces the radicalism of classical Epicurean thought, and its popularity despite political suppression. Along the way, he tours the archaeological sites of the ancient village of Oinoanda in Turkey and the Villa of the Papyri, buried along with Pompeii, with its ancient library of petrified scrolls. Might some of this treasure's fragments, painstakingly restored, reveal answers to the big questions faced in the twenty-first century?

Author Biography

Luke Slattery is the author of two books - Crisis in the Clever Country: Why Our Universities are Failing (with Geoffrey Maslen), and Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World.

Review

"Writing with a pleasing lightness of touch, Slattery argues that Epicurus and his followers were greens centuries before the modern environmentalist movement, and that their emphasis on community and cultivation is more relevant now than ever." "Sun-Herald"" "Thought-provoking." "West Australian"" -Thought-provoking.- --West Australian -Writing with a pleasing lightness of touch, Slattery argues that Epicurus and his followers were greens centuries before the modern environmentalist movement, and that their emphasis on community and cultivation is more relevant now than ever.- --Sun-Herald

Review Quote

"Writing with a pleasing lightness of touch, Slattery argues that Epicurus and his followers were greens centuries before the modern environmentalist movement, and that their emphasis on community and cultivation is more relevant now than ever." -- Sun-Herald

Promotional "Headline"

Epicureanism is not just for gourmands - journalist Luke Slattery argues that it can help us rethink out materialist ways and face the challenges of man-made climate change.

Product Details

Author
Luke Slattery
Publisher
Penguin Books Australia
Year
2013
ISBN-10
0143570439
ISBN-13
9780143570431
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2013-06-26
Subtitle
Penguin Specials
Country of Publication
Australia
Series
Penguin Specials
Pages
96
Language
English
Media
Book
Audience
General/Trade