THE MASTER OF PLEASURE
"Pleasure is our first and kindred good"
Founder of the philosophical school, Epicureanism, best known for its doctrines of hedonism and atomism, Epicurus aimed to free man from anxiety of the unknown.
Epicurus is best known for his doctrine of hedonism, that attainment of maximum pleasure is the starting point of every choice. Few philosophical stances have been as consistently misunderstood. When Epicurus says "our one need is untroubled existence", he is not suggesting a life of ease. Rather the opposite. Pleasure could be either bodily well being, in which case it equated with perfect health and freedom from pain, or mental, which meant freedom from fears and anxiety. The Epicurean achieved this state of tranquillity through study and an understanding of how the universe functioned.