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Alex Voorhoeve (LSE): “Pleasure, the Complete Life, and Death” (Inaugural Professorial Lecture)

16 February 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

This inaugural professorial lecture offers a new defence of the Epicurean ideal of the pleasurable life and explains how by following this ideal, we can render death harmless.

The Greek philosopher Epicurus was an early proponent of hedonism – the view that the good life is the pleasurable life. He also argued that “death is nothing to us”. These two claims appear contradictory. For if pleasure is good, it seems to follow that a longer life that contains more pleasure, is better. This lecture offers a new interpretation of Epicurus’ views which dissolves this apparent contradiction. What emerges is an engaging conception of pleasure and the good life which, if one were to follow it, would indeed render death harmless.


Entrance to this lecture will operate on a first come, first served basis. However, please note that due to a high level interest we expect the event to be very busy.



16 February 2018
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method


Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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