Epicureans and Stoics

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Differences between Epicureans and Stoics During the Hellenistic period there were two popular religions called Stoicism and Epicureanism. These two religions were drastically different. Stoicism is centered around the belief that all things are materialistic and we can know what truth really is because it all based on your state of mind whether something it real or not and that your virtue will be judged. Epicureanism is all about, in easier terms, following your heart. Basically this life is all you have so do what you want. Even those these religions have very different beliefs they do have some similarities. This paper will compare and contrast various aspects of both of these belief systems. “The gods are not to be feared; death cannot be felt; the good can be won; all that we dread can be conquered.” -- Epicurus.(webspace.ship.edu/) An Epicurean mindset is that this life will be over and there is nothing else.With Epicurus's one constant problem with God was evil. This is Epicurus's argument when asked: Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? (http://webspace.ship.edu/). An Epicurean would never have to worry about breaking any boundary or law because no leader is their to set one; much unlike a Stoics view on God is much like a Christian in that they believe on for starters and many other things too such as: The Stoic supreme being is the omnipotent planner/designer of everything that happens, that he is perfect and that their supreme being believes they should follow a very moral lifestyle. The Stoics believe that God is not a being, but nature. Their beliefs are that God is an organism and that us as beings are cells in this larger organism and our goal
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