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EPICURUS and THE PLEASANT LIFE: A Philosophy of Nature by [Dimitriadis, Haris]
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In our era of email, smartphones, and wild consumerism, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. Few know this better than Haris Dimitriadis, an ex-corporate climber who one day realized that, although he had all the hallmarks of success—money, a good job, the respect of his peers—he wasn’t happy. In fact, he felt hollow, dissatisfied, and anxious. Thankfully, he discovered Epicurus.
In this pioneering thinker, Dimitriadis found a teacher whose ideas seemed specifically designed to cure our uniquely modern ache. Indeed, few classical philosophers remain as relevant and practical today; Epicurus’ worldview is rooted in our senses, feelings, and natural dispositions. Sweeping aside our modern assumption that the acquisition of happiness is necessarily painful and regimented—think of our love for strict workouts, diets, hard work, and other ascetic practices—Epicurus declared that finding happiness is easy: we simply need to embrace our natural desires.
With wit, rigor, and in simple, easy-to-understand language, Epicurus and the Pleasant Life joyfully brings Epicurus singing into the twenty-first century. Leading the reader through the worlds of philosophy, religion, neuroscience, psychology, and astrophysics, Dimitriadis and Epicurus present a great, self-affirming truth: that you too can lead a blissfully happy life, if you only learn how to reach out and take it.

About the Author

Born in Greece, Haris Dimitriadis studied Mathematics at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki as well as Economics at the London School of Economics. His career spanned the business and banking industries and he has now settled into retirement.

Through climbing the corporate ladder, he found it brought little peace of mind, and he turned his attention to the philosophy of Epicurus. He has devoted the last decade of his life to studying, reconstructing and practicing the ancient Epicurean philosophy. Stunned by its effectiveness, he felt compelled to share his learnings with the world by publishing this very book in Greek three years ago.

With the publication of this English edition, he endeavors to disseminate this healing philosophy to the world in accordance with Epicurus' own aspiration. Haris' vision is to revive people's interest in and practice of the comprehensive and practical philosophy of Epicurus and re-establish the "Epicurean Garden" in a contemporary context.

Haris lives a simple and pleasant life in Athens with his family and friends, seeking peace of mind, freed from the anxieties and fears that the established philosophies of material welfare and religious faith provoke.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1499 KB
  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Haris Dimitriadis; 1 edition (15 June 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071KKHF3Y
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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