7th Panhellenic Symposium of Epicurean Philosophy
February 10-11, 2017, Cultural Center of Pallini, Athens
epicurean philosophy in our epoch
'Kepos' is a society of friends enthusiastic about the epicurean philosophy.
In an epoch characterized by monopolies, monopolistic antagonism, polymorphous inelasticities and economic catastrophe the epicurean philosophy shows us a way of life with anthropocentric characteristics and diachronic practical ethics offering us eudaemonia.
The philosophical therapy is our method. The synopsis of our philosophy as stated in the didactic epistles and the epigrams of Epicurus and other epicurean philosophers is an alphabet for us and opens the pylae to new horizons.
We organize our logic theory about cosmos, meteors and geophysical phenomena using the criteria of truth, and other syllogisms as the analogy and the symmetry.
The true physiology confirms our thesis for a life with ataraxia and harmony without illogical phobia. We do not have any dilemma about the paradox of life after death and other mysterious hypothesis. We do not have any phobia about the Gods. We do not have megalomania and we are against tyranny.
We want to have a life free of melancholy so we give emphasis in static and kinetic hedone. We have a virtuous life with many friends. Our praxis is an ode to life.
Takis Panagiotopoulos, Gargittos, Athens 02/26/13
of the right of happiness
in the European Union
One of the main foundations of European civilization is philosophy. Aristotle and Epicurus realized that the purpose of philosophy is happiness (well-being). Epicurus taught that happiness corresponds to absence of mental and physical pain and may be attained though observation of nature, prudence, free will, virtue and friendship.Many centuries later, in 1776, the main author of the American Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, influenced by Epicurus teachings, included among basic human rights the right of pursuit of happiness. In 2012, the United Nations decided to recognize that the pursue of happiness is a fundamental human goal and right, designating the 20th of March of every year as International day of Happiness.Given the fact that the right to pursue happiness is not included in the 54 articles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2010/C 83/02), we ask for the recognition of this right of happiness in the European Union, since it is self-evident that it is a fundamental human right and its non-recognition in any part of the world constitutes the violation of this natural right.
The Friends of Epicurean Philosophy Garden of Greece
4th Pan-Hellenic Symposium of Epicurean Philosophy
Pallini, Athens, Greece
February 15, 2014