Beyond self-control?

How wellbeing is affected by Hedonic vs long-term goals.

[image: Antoine Watteau, Pleasures of Love, 1718–19, Wikimedia; this is essay #275 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

Should we pursue a life of pleasure or one of meaning? This question has been asked at least since Greco-Roman times, and it is perhaps best exemplified in the contrast between two of the dominant Hellenistic philosophies: Epicureanism (pleasure) vs Stoicism (meaning). (With a major caveat: since the Epicureans defined lack of pain…