For centuries, Stoicism was virtually the unofficial religion of the Roman world The stress on endurance, self restraint, and power of the will to withstand calamity can often seem coldhearted It is Epictetus, a lame former slave exiled by Emperor Domitian, who offers by far the most precise and humane version of Stoic ideals The Discourses, assembled by his pupil ArriaFor centuries, Stoicism was virtually the unofficial religion of the Roman worldThe stress on endurance, self restraint, and power of the will to withstand calamity can often seem coldhearted It is Epictetus, a lame former slave exiled by Emperor Domitian, who offers by far the most precise and humane version of Stoic ideals The Discourses, assembled by his pupil Arrian, catch him in action, publicly setting out his views on ethical dilemmas.Committed to communicating with the broadest possible audience, Epictetus uses humor, imagery conversations and homely comparisons to put his message across The results are perfect universal justice and calm indifference in the face of pain The most comprehensive edition available with an introduction, notes, selected criticism, glossary, and chronology of Epictetus life and times.
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Stoicism offers a guide to happiness and serenity in life, and Epictetus was, perhaps, the greatest Stoic philosopher First and foremost, Epictetus was a deeply religious man He was convinced that God created the world according to Reason, and that human beings, in so far as we have the gift of rational thought, can attain happiness by living according to our own nature which meant for Epictetus according to reason.But what does it mean to live according to nature or reason For Epictetus, as for [...]
THE MORAL DISCOURSES Epictetus This was the translation by Mrs Elizabeth Carter, and also included The Enchiridion and various Fragments, as published by Everyman s Library in 1910 and later reprinted in 1913 This translation was the benchmark for this work for the longest time Since then there have been many accessible translations using contemporary language Aside from that, I have to start off by telling you that this is a browsing book Each discourse stands on its own, and there is not a l [...]
Epictetus is one of the great spiritual minds of human history His ideas are very similar to Buddhist ones, promoting a doctrine of nonattachment, acting morally and living simply He differs in a few key ways, however Like all Stoics, he imagines that death is the end of our consciousness in a very permanent way He also stresses that our actions, if anything, are the only things in our power and that we should simply accept changes of fortune by learning not to desire anything but our own virtue [...]
This book is an extended variation on the stoic philosophy of Epictetus best captured by this passage from the first entry of his Handbook Some things are up to us and others are not Up to us are opinion, impulse, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is our own action Not up to us are body, property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not our own action The things that are up to us are by nature free, unhindered and unimpeded but those that are not up to us are weak, servile, [...]
It s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters First say to yourself what you would be And then do what you have to do People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.
Rating is for the edition of the book rather than for Epictetus, really with all this really old, public domain stuff you gotta be careful This is pretty good, especially if you want one, relatively inexpensive volume Not as feel good as Aurelius, but much much funnier.
Engaging, inspiring, earthly, funny Epictetus can give you great insights, skills and determination to change your life for the better, even if you don t agree with everything he says The text might be old, but our life problems are pretty much the same, so the lessons feel as contemporary and relevant as ever.We can t avoid pain and hardships Even though the topics are sombre, there is entertainment value to be had from gallows humour I was laughing out loud half of the time, and the other half [...]
I made my way slowly through the Discourses over the past six months or so It s Roman era self help literature of the best sort but that s what philosophy was to the ancients a guide for living, not an exercise in logic or intellectual abstraction Our own age an era in which victimhood is virtue and affluence is happiness could do with a bit of the old Stoicism It s summarized succinctly in Epictetus s brief Enchiridion than in the Discourses or by the sophisticated Marcus Aurelius Accept thos [...]
It is a good book, at least for me it was not as good as Seneca s Letters to Lucillus or Marcus Aurelius Meditations, but worth reading for anyone interested in stoicism.
Comparing ancient and modern philosophy is always an interesting thing to do Ancient philosophy seems to have been much practical and applied something that everyone could take part in, instead of being relegated to experts in the field It was not there to argue about everything in existence well, except for the Skeptics but was instead meant to teach you how to live your life to the fullest In ancient philosophy, a lot was taken for granted that would never be done so today such as morality It [...]
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This was the last book I read before going to Basic last year, and I really think it contributed a lot to how much I learned about myself during my training stint Also, url enpedia wiki James_St Admiral James Stockdale url credited this work with helping him through seven and a half years of torture by the Viet Cong I think that alone says than I would be able to.I guess Epictetus main thesis is simply this and the course of the book is spent fleshing this out that there are things within our c [...]
Love me some good ol stoic philosophy I read this as a result of reading Good to Great, of business canon I loved it and do see the applicability It s a good reminder that you need to read outside of your sphere to gain depth and perspective on your subject.
This one I go back to every few years
If you suffer from anxiety, especially over everyday occurrences or seemingly trivial matters like me , you should find this book extremely helpful I did not expect it to be a 2,000 year old self help book when I choose it, but voila It focuses on explaining how to release things out of your control, albeit in a logical format It s like an ancient Don t sweat the small stuff presented in philosophical arguments Don t be scared off because you think it might be a difficult read because it s super [...]
I couldn t finish this one Do you know why Because by chapter 29 out of 90 I had heard, for the third or forth time, how Epictetus would reply if one commanded him to shave himself His musings on stoicism are thoroughly profound, I admit, but I couldn t put up with a philosopher droning on about the same damn thing ad nauseam The book is so boring and repetitive, that I eventually found myself taking shorter and shorter routes to work so that I could end my daily stoicism earlier.
You have to read this book
Epictetus wasn t an easy read for me If I was new to the Stoics, I probably would have abandoned his Discourses immediately, which would have been a crying shame.One of the obstacles is that this isn t a book in the conventional sense It s made up of notes scribbled down by a student, which means it is unstructured, fragmented, and at times repetitive It s almost essential to have some background knowledge of what is being discussed, so I d recommend reading Marcus Aurelius and or Seneca first.W [...]
Repetitive, often ranting, written spoken, actually written down by a disciple with certainty, Epictetus s works can be summed up by a sentence or two Some things are up to us and others are not Up to us are opinion, impulse, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is our own action Not up to us are body, property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not our own action So don t worry about the externals that are out of your control, what most people spend so much energy worrying a [...]
Written during the first century A.D Arrianus wrote the words of Epictetus in the style in which they were delivered in speech To provide a synoposis of the explanation given in this book from the Modern Library , Stoicism was founded by Zeno in taking from Plato the value of self sufficiency If the universe is self sufficient, dualism would not be possible and so monism must be And that implies that everything is good and natural Ironically, the efficient workings of the self sufficient machine [...]
Perhaps actual than ever, Epictetus speech decries the attachment to material goods Instead, Epictetus proposes a life of freedom and independence.Were it a self help book, it would probably bear the title How to eliminate the pressure you willingly impose on yourself when you attach undue value to that which, in reality, is dependent on external factors The short sketches, set against a background of everyday Greek life, offer practical advice In a manner similar to Viktor Frankl and in a gen [...]
Epictetus is a genius of the ancients, a man whose moral and ethical thought and pathos have the golden mean in mind The whole idea and notion of balance, ressponsability, dutifulness, and a sense of following, liberally determined, the values one believes at any cost The stoics were definitely the first existentialists, along with the Bible for me a great existentialist text with some elements of severity, extreme measures, principle, radicalism of the cynics, without the irreverence, civil an [...]
Read Discourses I 29 II 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 18, 22, 26 III 5, 12, 13, 15, 18 IV 2, and Handbook 1 27.Edition has introduction to the histo political world of Epictetus, a biography, and a rough overview of Hellenistic philosophy read Epicureanism Stoicism etc Additionally, some Stoic vocabulary at the end along with some modern interpretations criticism of his work focused mostly on his Discourses.The Discourses can be tedious and repetitive at times to read given the discourse or serm [...]
Come, then, Epictetus, shave yourself If I am a philosopher, I answer, I will not shave myself But I will take off your head If that will do you any good, take it off.This is just a sample of the kind of thing you ll find within an hour of reading this book.It s a bit less accessible than the Enchiridion Which does make it slightly fun to reread.It is part of the Stoic tradition that lasted a thousand years Put simply, a must read.
I am fond of certain stoic principles which Epictetus mentions in Enchiridion regarding self mastery, controlling desires not branding them evil as say Gandhi would do , being unemotional and controlling oneself from getting perturbed by external sources which lie outside one s control However most other tenants, I dislike as I sense an element of fatalism and passiveness in them But still a quick and pithy read, I d say Do check out this master work of one of the most famous stoics
Maybe not as good as Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, but still a very good Stoic book and with a lot to say about how to contact our lives I said that Meditations was better because the paragraphs are shorter and easier to read, but I would still recommend The Discourses as much as I would recommend Meditations
His discourse on the use of the forms of right reasoning is a survey with concluding opinon We haven t gone far from his understanding of the fundamental ground of reasoning Worth a read, but probably not the complete works in a number of volumes unless you are a philosopher or a glutten for philosophical minutiae I am neither I think it an important work in my own grounding.
An interesting read There s a lot to think about I found a lot of wisdom and common sense If you find Stoic tranquility to be something worthy pursuing, definitely a good book to read It has some datedness to some material, though.
Great thoughts of a handicapped slave.
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