Although I'm far from being an Epicurean myself, I frequently teach his ideas in my Ethics and Introduction to Philosophy classes, so developing these short lecture videos has been very useful for me and my students.
I'll be discussing the Epicurean tradition again this semester in at least three of the five classes I'm slated to teach, and I'll likely be adding a few new Core Concept videos to supplement the stock of those I already have available. Most likely, those won't be focused specifically on the founder of that school, though, but on the Roman poet and philosopher, Lucretius' main work, On The Nature of Things - and on book 1 of Cicero's On The Ends, in which his character, Torquatus, presents Epicurean perspectives on a variety of topics.
Here are the eight core concept videos focused specifically on Epicurus' thought. Altogether, they comprise a bit under two hours of lectures, covering most of his main ideas, arguments, and distinctions in ethics.
- Practical Reasoning about Pain and Pleasure
- Pleasure, Prudence, and Justice
- The Nature and Usefulness of Justice
- Two Sources of Groundless Fears
- Mental and Bodily Pleasures
- Moving and Static Pleasures
- Three Types of Desires
- The Value of Friendship