Philosophy Salon: Epicurus

Epicurus was one of the world's most prolific philosophers, whose views on life, happiness and death still resonate today.

He had an unusually long beard, wrote hundreds of books and was one of the most well-known philosophers of his age, being most famous for his skill and relentless focus on one subject in particular: happiness.

He argued that happiness is not about pursuing positive emotions like joy, but is to be found in the absence of negative emotions like anxiety. One of the main anxieties we have to overcome is a fear of death. He also stressed that we're truly happy when surrounded by friends, and when we find meaning in our lives rather than simply consuming or chasing luxury. 

His views on how nature worked were also uncannily similar to the one suggested by science today, with microscopic atoms coming together in different combinations to form all the things around us. 

Many of Epicurus' ideas still resonate, and his way of life can still guide us towards finding genuine happiness. In this Philosophy Salon, we will explore some of Epicurus' groundbreaking ideas, and discuss how they can be put to use in our lives today.


18.30     Venue Opens & Drinks
19.00     Welcome & Introduction
19.15      Key Idea 1 & conversation
19.45      Key Idea 2 & conversation
20.15     Key Idea 3 & conversation
21.00     Salon Concludes

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'Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.'

- Epicurus

This event is proudly presented in partnership with Spaces the inspiring co-working space in Surry Hills.

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Spaces and The School of Life have a commitment to providing people with experiences and environments where they can feel inspired, supported and motivated.


Philosophy Salons are an intimate experience for those interested in the practical application of wisdom and philosophy. Learn about the ideas and works of some of history's greatest thinkers in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment. Hosted by Sydney’s resident philosopher Tim Dean, the Philosophy Salon explores important philosophers and their key ideas over a two-hour period. Philosophers selected over the series will include a mix of thinkers from different periods, schools of thought, geographical locations and backgrounds. Participants will be presented with a biographical background of the philosopher and will be given an opportunity to discuss their key ideas in small groups.


Tim Dean is a philosopher and science writer. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on evolution and morality, and has an interest in ethics, the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and moral psychology. He is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award for his writing on philosophy in New PhilosopherAcuity MagazineCosmos, ABC's The Drum and on Channel 10's The Project

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Philosophy Salon: Epicurus

When and where:
  • Tue 9 Oct 2018 7 – 9pm
    Spaces, 111 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

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Full price: $50.00
Concession: $40.00
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