The purpose of this class is to familiarize the student with the
fundamental doctrines of Epicurean ethics, the question of "how to live." When
this course is complete, the student will know both the major doctrines
of Epicurean ethics and a general idea of how those doctrines
compare with competitive ancient and modern theories.
This special seminar will study the surviving text materials on romantic love by Epicurus, Lucretius, and other Epicurean writers. Special attention will be given to the work of Frances Wright and Ninon De L'Enclos,