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on August 17, 2016
The Look Inside contents is of the Kindle edition, not the physical edition. This is what's in the physical edition:

Letter to Herodotus
Letter to Pythocles
Letter to Menoeceus
Principle Doctrines
Vatican Sayings

Here are the discrepancies:
Letter to Idomeneus is missing.
Last Will is missing.
Ideas for Life is missing.
Fragments is extra.
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VINE VOICEon March 5, 2009
I am not qualified to weigh in on the merits of Epicurus' school of philosophy. As Westerners, we've decided over that two thousand years that his thoughts on death and pleasure and pain are profound and provocative.

What's important to the average reader though is whether this is the book you should pick up to learn about him. The short answer is yes, the longer one is that it is not enough.

The book has a fairly weak introduction that doesn't provide much context. The author would have been well-served to have included the entirety of Laertius' essay on Epicurus to which he dedicated a large portion to in his biography of great philosophers.

Otherwise, the translation is good and the organization is helpful. The book is structured like a college reader - no frills, thin paper and a drab cover. It has all of Epicurus' fragments, letters and writings. Unfortunately many of the best ones are cut off or lost so we have to make due with what is left.

A first time reader or student looking to introduce themselves to Epicurus could do worse than starting here. I often refer back to my copy.
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on January 28, 2018
Physics real good. Science stuck in his time but still great deduction. Morality excellent. Only problem I had with the physics is that I am so old school I think solar systems are atoms. I have a master's in math though so trust me the physics is good.
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on January 25, 2016
Should have a selection of quotes
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on April 4, 2015
Very good. Brief, but useful introduction.
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on March 2, 2017
Another classic by the modern misnamed Epicurus who did not stand for eating too much or too much sex, but for loving life and preserving that love with the smaller delights to be found daily. Give it try.
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on April 3, 2016
Good collection with interesting footnotes. This won't read like Sedaris or Lamott, but we should all read it nonetheless. This guy had it going on, and I'm glad someone wrote down what he said.
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on March 12, 2016
thank you
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on February 26, 2015
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