Altruism and Epicureanism

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Altruism psychologically means having the desire to favor the interests of others over one’s own interests and hence ethically it means that one should favor the interests of others over his own. Epicureanism on the other hand

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Running Head: ALTRUISM AND EPICUREANISMAltruism and EpicureanismNameInstitutional Affiliation1ALTRUISM AND EPICUREANISM2Altruism psychologically means having the desire to favor the interests of others overones own interests and hence ethically it means that one should favor the interests of others overhis own. Epicureanism on the other hand is a form of hedonism as it declares pleasures as thesole intrinsic good; its conception of absence of pain as the greatest pleasure and the advocacy ofsimple life makes it have a difference from hedonism as commonly understood (Andrews,2010).The highest pleasure is obtained by knowledge, living a virtuous and temperate life andfriendship in the epicurean view of things. Epicurus lauded the enjoyment of simple pleasureslike bodily desires such as sex and appetites, versing on asceticism. He also argued that wheneating, one should not eat too richly if it could be leading to dissatisfaction later like grimrealization that one could not be able to afford the delicacies in the future (Appiah, 2008).Through Epicurus moral theory, the prima facie seems to be egocentric and selfish but inreal sense it is not so. Epicureans

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