Epictetus has been relegated to the back burner. (Don’t worry, Tetus. Epicurus is just a fling.)
Welcome to the winsome, wanton world of Epicurus! (Had a rough night, Curus?)
The Stoics did not care for Epicurus and his pleasure-seeking philosophy, which they viewed as the self-indulgent pursuit of unbridled debauchery. That was not, however, how Epicurus saw it.
“When we say, then, that pleasure is the end and aim, we do not mean the pleasures of the prodigal or the pleasures of sensuality, as we are understood to do by some through ignorance, prejudice, or willful misrepresentation. By pleasure we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul.”
Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus
So that’s what he meant!