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Catherine Wilson, author of "How to be an Epicurean."
Catherine Wilson, author of "How to be an Epicurean."
Portrait by Nick Coleman | Book cover courtesy of Basic Books

Epicureanism has gotten a bad rap.

That’s the argument philosophy professor Catherine Wilson puts forth in her new book, “How to be an Epicurean.” Far from being a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure, Wilson argues that true epicureanism is an inherently optimistic and positive outlook on life that encourages individuals to live well and justly.

Does the modern world need more epicureans? Wilson joined Kerri Miller on Tuesday for a conversation about what an ancient philosophy can teach us about living well today.

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