The philosophy of pleasure and happiness: a recipe for our times

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Abstract

Published in Neos Kosmos Newspaper by Edward Spence on 14 July 2011. Article explores the relevance of Epicurus philosophy of pleasure and happiness for our own times in the wake of the global financial crisis. What Epicurus is advocating is a simple life as the one most likely to result in freedom from anxiety and pain. As an academic philosopher Spence sees his wider role in society as that of a public commentator on matters of public significance. Using his philosophical knowledge and expertise Spence creates short media articles of about 800 -1000 words to analyse and evaluate complex social issues philosophically. He draws on both ancient and contemporary philosophy in order to situate those social issues in the wider historical context of western civilisation. It is important to do so in order to raise awareness of the continuity of thought that shapes and grounds our understanding of these contemporary social issues. The media articles that Spence publishes in newspapers and magazines are part of his public philosophy research output. It also includes the writing and performance of original philosophy plays in public venues as part of his Theatre of Philosophy project. Unlike academic journal papers the media articles are written in a rhetorical style designed for a public audience but without comprising the philosophical rationale.
Original languageEnglish
Type768 wd article published in Neos Kosmos (Melbourne newspaper), 14 July 2011
Media of outputNewspaper
PublisherNeos Kosmos Newspaper
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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