‘Epicurus on Happiness’ screened, discussed
Rockland — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will screen Part 2 of “Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness,” a six-part philosophy film series hosted by popular British philosopher Alain De Botton, Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room.
In the series, De Botton presents six thinkers who have influenced history and their ideas about the pursuit of happiness. Discussions follow the short films, led by Richard Fortuna, URock student and Vice-President of the Honors Program. This is the only Tuesday screening; the others take place on Thursdays.
In Part 2, De Botton discusses the personal implications of the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BCE) who was no epicurean glutton or wanton consumerist, but an advocate of “friends, freedom and thought” as a path to happiness.
Remaining episodes, all at 6:30 p.m., are: Thursday, Nov. 7, “Seneca on Anger’; Thursday, Nov. 21, “Montaigne on Self-Esteem’; Thursday, Dec. 5, “Schopenhauer on Love’; and Thursday, Dec. 19, “Nietzsche on Hardship.” The series serves as a clear, easy to understand introduction to how philosophy is both relevant and vital today.
This is one in a continuing mostly Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and the Friends of the Rockland Public Library. The Friends Community Room is located in the lower level of the library. Admission is free.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.