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The Morality of Happiness$
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Julia Annas

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195096525.001.0001

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The Epicureans: Rethinking What Is Natural

The Epicureans: Rethinking What Is Natural

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(p.188) 7 The Epicureans: Rethinking What Is Natural
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DOI:10.1093/0195096525.003.0008

Epicurus’ appeal to nature to show that our final end is pleasure is less crude than often thought. Instead of formulating a hedonic calculus, he distinguishes between desires in terms of what is natural and what is necessary. He produces a revisionary, ideal account of nature, illustrated by Philodemus’ work on anger.

Keywords:   desires, Epicurus, hedonic calculus, nature, Philodemus, pleasure

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