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Epicurean Simplicity
By Stephanie Mills

Epicurean Simplicity

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Epicurean Simplicity by Stephanie Mills

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In this account of a simple life, Stephanie Mills reaches deep into classical sources of pleasure - good food, good health, good friends and particularly the endless delights of the natural world. Her musings about the life she desires - and the life she has created - ultimately led her to the third century Greek philosopher Epicurus, whose philosophy was premised on the trustworthiness of the senses, a philosophy that Mills wholeheartedly embraces. While later centuries have come to associate Epicurus's name with hedonism, Mills discovered that he extolled simplicity and prudence as the surest means to pleasure, and his thinking offers an important philosophical touchstone for the book. As the author explains, one of the primary motivations for her pursuit of simplicity is her concern about the impacts of a consumerist lifestyle on the natural world. Mills touches on broad range of topics relating to that issue - social justice, biological extinctions, the global economy and also more personal aspects such as friendship, the process of country living, the joys of physical exertion, the challenges of a writer's life and the natural history and seasonal delights of a life lived close to nature. An overarching theme is the destructiveness of consumerism, and how even a simple life affects a wide range of organisms and adds strain to the earth's systems. The author uses her own experience as an entry point to the discussion with a self-effacing humour and lyrical prose that bring big topics to a personal level.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781559636902
ISBN-10: 1559636904
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 146mm x 13mm)
Pages: 190
Imprint: Shearwater Books,US
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Based on the philosophy of the 3rd century Greek Epicurus, this is a celebration of the pleasures, beauty and fulfillment of a simple life. The overarching theme is the destructiveness of consumerism and how this affects a wide range of organisms and adds strain to the earth's systems.

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Author Biography - Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills has been engaged in the ecology movement for more than thirty years, and in 1996 was named by Utne Reader as one of the world's leading visionaries. Her books include Whatever Happened to Ecology? (Sierra Club Books, 1989), In Service of the Wild (Beacon Press, 1995), and Turning Away from Technology (Sierra Club Books, 1997). A prolific writer and speaker on issues of ecology and social change, Mills lives in the Great Lakes Bioregion in the Upper Midwest.

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