Why is it the best philosophy?
It's not just pure hedonism, prior to what some people think. There's actually a lot of thought behind it. It's also not entirely antithetical to Stoicism. Both philosophies have similar views on death for example.
I agree with a lot of what he had to say. Modern philosophy will never agree on his shit or anything for that matter because "le what if you take what he's saying to it's logical end?" crap.
It's pretty cool, too bad it's name got dragged through the dirt where 'epicurean' came to mean a massive hedonist instead of a guy chilling in a garden with his friends.
Does anyone practise and apply epicureanism in real life? Is it easier than Stoicism?
>Does anyone practise and apply epicureanism in real life? Is it easier than Stoicism?
Yes and yes.
Some people get paralyzed or wrap a stupid cult around death. The fact that death isn't a gateway to another life is what's led us to not make any serious efforts to improve life in the here and now. As a perspective of life it's been a great evil