Philosophy: Epicurus’ Cure for Unhappiness


In this video, Monte Johnson (University of California, San Diego) discusses the “tetrapharmakos” or “four-part remedy” developed by the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC) and his followers to treat unhappiness and anxiety. The tetrapharmakos consists of four maxims which encapsulate the Epicurean outlook on god, life, death, pleasure, and pain.

  • cohensmuse (5) March 10, 2015

    Interesting topic for meditation and deep consideration.

  • InTheBalance (60) March 10, 2015

    It’s like this is common knowledge that we all know, but seem like we forget or ignore because we are kind of in ways surrpressed by social/religious concepts or beliefs which work in benifit for those who derive profit from our suffering. It’s good to see our instintual knowledge finally, resurfacing :)