This article explores the extent to which Epicurean ethics as a general philosophy
of life can be integrated in a composite pragmatist approach to philosophical
counseling. Epicureanism emerged in a historical era that was very
different from the modern time and addressed a different philosophical ethos
of the time. This alone makes it difficult for Epicureanism to satisfy all of
the normative criteria for a modern ethics. On the other hand, the article
discusses aspects of the modern “external”—duty- and demand-driven ethics
that may contribute to the emergence of some of the main issues for modern
philosophical counseling. The author points out aspects of Epicurean ethics
that are potentially powerful tools to address the issues of mood and meaning
in philosophical counseling, and thus serve as a contemporary complement
to a complex duty-bound, yet pragmatist view of ethics.
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