Epicurean philosophy in Ancient times

Using just a few sentences, what are the primary differences between a modern epicure and those who lived by Epicurean philosophy in Ancient times. Consider sophrosyne and ascesis.

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How did St. Thomas define gluttony during the 1200s?

3)The book points out that eating in moderation was considered a moral responsibility in ancient times. However, there are many religious faith traditions that incorporate some amount of fasting within their practices. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyaJZ29BkNE

Prudence: “The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.”
How do these ancient practices, and some modern intermittent fasting traditions, contrast with today’s view of eating healthy? You might find the word prudence helpful in your description.
4)The philosopher Mills says it over steps boundaries if people’s free choice to make decisions is hindered. However, if the individual’s action impacts the greater good, Mills might support hindering an individual’s action. How would might we use this to argue for or against the idea of a Soda Tax? It may also be good to recall the concept of Utilitarians, which say something is ethically correct if it benefits the most people.

5)Why is it so difficult to pinpoint who is morally responsible for the obesity epidemic?
6)The author ends the chapter with, “Food ethics lives in the relations, and it is appropriate to put more connection points on the table.” He says this in the context of problem solving. What does he mean?
7)What additional questions do you have after reading and thinking about this chapter?

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