More on the ethics-related fragments of Epicurus and accounts by Martha Nussbaum and Tim O'Keefe.
What would a purely therapeutic philosophy consist of? Does spreading a philosophy to the masses necessarily water it down to the point where it's not really philosophical any more? Does philosophy as pursuit of pleasure mean that you eschew political action? Can the pleasures we seek (the ones we feel good about seeking) really be reduced in any way to being merely undisturbed? Mark, Wes, and Dylan try to figure out which of our desires are vain and whether society is compatible with human happiness.
End song: "The Language of the Body" by Ant-Bee as discussed on Nakedly Examined Music #68.
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