Living for Pleasure: An Epicurean Guide to Life

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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.37 X 7.24 X 1.21 inches | 0.77 pounds

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About the Author
Emily A. Austin is Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. She earned her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in Ancient Greek Philosophy.

"The clarity and concision of Austin's prose means that she covers many more of the details of Epicurean thought in her 24 short chapters. Anyone seduced by the recent fashion for Stoicism should read her book to see why their biggest contemporary rival offers a better model for living." -- Julian Baggini, The Guardian

"Austin shows us, vividly and directly, how Epicurean ideas can apply to areas of everyday life and how they can help us uncover--and deal with--deep-seated problems that stand in the way of living a balanced, thoughtful, and enjoyable life. She does a stellar job of showing us, incisively and sympathetically, that Epicurus gives us a philosophy to live by and that we can actually live by it." -- Julia Annas, Regents Professor Emerita, University of Arizona

"Austin provides an accessible and intellectually rigorous overview of Epicureanism that remains refreshingly forthright about the limits of Epicurus's advice and keeps an appropriately light tone... The result is an excellent primer on Epicureanism." -- Publishers Weekly

"Simply the best guide to living as an Epicurean. Austin's discussion is grounded in a thorough understanding of Epicurean philosophy, but it's written in a humorous and accessible style, and she does an outstanding job of applying Epicureanism to the problems facing people today." -- Timothy S. O'Keefe, author of Epicureanism

"Wise, witty, and above all a pleasure to read, Austin's study of Epicureanism is excellent medicine for the many illnesses and anxieties of the 21st century. Read it and be refreshed." -- Clancy Martin, Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri-Kansas City

"Living for Pleasure is a terrific introduction to Epicureanism, especially its practical side. If offers a clear and accessible guide through some difficult ideas, all with a deft personal touch and a convincing case for the value of this philosophy for us today. Who knew Epicurus could help us navigate social media?" -- Richard Bett, author of How to Keep an Open Mind: An Ancient Guide to Thinking Like a Skeptic

"Examining the tenets of Epicureanism in fine detail, Austin provides the audience with her insightful interpretations throughout and offers a kindred spirit to all readers who seek the finer things in life." -- Booklist