History: Epicureanism

Posted on Sun 16 January 2022 in history

Epicureanism is a system of belief based on individual pleasure. Epicurus, 341- 270 BCE, believed that the gods did not play a major role in the lives of humans. Instead he espoused the belief that individuals should be motivated towards self-satisfaction and the pursuit of personal rewards. Epicureanism is not synonymous with gluttony or hedonism, rather Epicurus believed pleasure was derived from "freedom from emotional turmoil."