"Wilson] guides readers through what can seem a very contemporary philosophy valuing rational thought, physical evidence, non-self-interested justice, and human free will.... This is a valuable introduction to a very influential philosophy."—Booklist
"An excellent debut... General readers
interested in how the ancient Greeks viewed the good life will take great
pleasure in Wilson's entertaining guide to Epicureanism for modern times."
"A universe made only of
atoms and empty space? No life after death? Carefree gods
indifferent to mortals? Freedom from anxiety the highest good?
These were basic themes in ancient Epicureanism, and Catherine Wilson shows
eloquently how this ancient and most humane philosophy, when creatively
interpreted and applied, can help us to live well in the world today.
Even if this book does not make an Epicurean of you, it will teach you to
appreciate and admire Epicurus's wisdom and his relevance for our times."—David Konstan, professor of classics, New York University
glad to see our Epicurean cousins back in the game! This is a new golden age of
practical philosophy!"—Massimo Pigliucci, author of How to Be a Stoic
Wilson's book achieves something rare intellectually, the steep task its author
explicitly sets for herself: it carves out an accessible explication of an
idea, Epicureanism, to give readers more genuine, immediate agency over their
lives. But this isn't a book for Epicureans, or only for Epicureans. It's a
book for anyone who wants to use careful thought to make better considered,
happier choices."—Matthew Wolfson, journalist