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This chapter deals with the Epicurus’ advice to ‘live unnoticed’ which is based on his conviction that such a life would contribute to one’s pleasure. It offers much new material, but also shows how the general features of Epicurus' thinking even reappear in its most concrete details. The chapter briefly examines the question whether Epicurus had any specific motivation to give his advice of ‘living unnoticed’, apart from his theoretical argumentation. It focuses on three general aspects of Epicurus' moral thinking which the author consider important for a correct understanding of his advice to 'live unnoticed'. Since these aspects are well-known, the only insofar as they are relevant for the maxim λάϑε βιώσας. Subsequently, the chapter discusses two more specific and interrelated issues which more directly bear upon the meaning of the maxim, viz. Epicurus’ attitude towards politics and towards the multitude.

Keywords: λάϑε βιώϭας; Epicurus; live unnoticed; theoretical argumentation



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