Ideas on adult education, as an important part of philosophical deliberation, can be found in the work of almost all significant ancient Greek thinkers. In the same way, Epicurus’ philosophical school, i.e. his ‘Garden’, proffers an idea of a comprehensive and permanent educational process, whose end goal is found in a kind of rationally considered and individual pleasure. The paper provides a historical analysis of the concept of hedonism through a prism of Aristippus’ and Plato’s understanding, and as finally shaped by Epicurus. Epicurean educational process has an aim of achieving pleasure identified with mental tranquillity and absence of physical pain. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to engage in a systematic and life-long educational process, which is, as Epicurus held, at once relaxing and interesting.
Author, Ivan Nišavić, is a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade.