Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 2) – Epicurus

Epicurus bust

Epicurus thought that pleasure was one of the greatest of goods towards happiness

Watch the first video of a six part series: Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 1) – Socrates

Continuing onto the second part of six posts featuring a series of documentaries written and presented by popular British philosopher Alain de Botton.

This 6 part series is an entertaining, practical and psychobabble-free self-help course for the philosophically minded.

Here, de Botton, brings us six thinkers who have influenced history, and their ideas about the pursuit of the happy life. Here we have then:

  • Socrates
  • Epicurus
  • Seneca
  • Michel de Montaigne
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Friedrich Nietzsche

Episode 2 of 6: Epicurus on Happiness

A look at the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus and his views on the path to happiness.

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You may be also interested to know that this particular series was derived from the book The Consolations of Philosophy, which is a very good read, and was part responsible for encouraging me to pursue philosophy so that I could apply it to my life.

Watch the third video of a six part series: Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 3) – Seneca


  1. Ah! simplicity, simplicity! Here’s an aphorism I wrote recently: “The old philosophers knew so little; that’s why they were so wise.” Gotta love those Greeks. A whole universe of thought in a few fragments.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Love that simple but true aphorism, NP!

    My old boy Socrates would have quite agreed…“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.”

    That is why I like to always call those ancient philosophers that I like to read so much, the only like-minded friends I have in life…oops, and then there’s you of course 😉