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Facing DeathEpicurus and his Critics$
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James Warren

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199252890.001.0001

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Premature Death and a Complete Life

Premature Death and a Complete Life

(p.109) 4 Premature Death and a Complete Life
Facing Death

James Warren (Contributor Webpage)

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The Epicureans attempted to assuage fears of premature death by offering a vision of a complete life divorced from concerns of duration. It is possible, on their account, to have lived a complete life although one is very young if one has attained the Epicurean goal of ataraxia, the absence of mental anxiety. The chapter outlines and examines the Epicurean view, contrasting it with other approaches to the nature of a ‘complete life’.

Keywords:   ataraxia, complete life, pleasure, premature death, tranquillity

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