Epicureanism is not just for gourmands - journalist Luke Slattery argues that it can help us rethink our materialist ways and face the challenges of man-made climate change. Rather than appealing to altruism, or calling for economic revolution, the Epicurean philosophy counsels that genuine happiness comes from the quieting of desire: from less, not more. And that might just be the mindset we need to rein in unsustainable development. Could answers to the big questions faced in the 21st century be found on fragments of petrified scrolls in the Villa of the Papyri, buried along with Pompeii?
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Luke Slattery is a journalist, columnist, and book critic who has been published in the Age, Australian, Financial Review, International Herald Tribune, Scotsman, and Spectator. He is the author of Crisis in the Clever Country: Why Our Universities are Failing and Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World. He is an honorary associate of the University of Sydney's Department of Classics and Ancient History.Review:
"Writing with a pleasing lightness of touch, Slattery argues that Epicurus and his followers were greens centuries before the modern environmentalist movement, and that their emphasis on community and cultivation is more relevant now than ever." —Sun-Herald
"Thought-provoking." —West Australian
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