A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus with the Encheiridion

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In 'A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus with the Encheiridion,' the stoic philosopher Epictetus expounds on the tenets of personal freedom and moral wisdom. The works, foundational to Stoicism, weave didactic discourse with practical philosophy, offering guidance on living a life of virtue and resilience. The Encheiridion, or 'Manual,' distills his teachings into aphoristic maxims, while the Discourses provide a broader elucidation of Stoic principles. The literary style is characterized by its straightforwardness and pithy clarity, reflecting the school's embrace of logic and self-discipline, and stands out in the context of Hellenistic philosophy for its approachability and enduring relevance.
Epictetus, born into slavery in Hierapolis and later gaining his freedom, brings a unique perspective to classical philosophy. His lived experience of overcoming adversity underpins his philosophical insights. The synthesis of his thoughts portrays not only a theoretical framework but also a practical handbook for serenity and ethical living. His influence has permeated through the centuries, informing both contemporaries and future thinkers about the art of living beyond external circumstances.
This edition by DigiCat Publishing, with its commitment to preserving the intellectual heritage of humanity, presents an accessible gateway for readers to immerse themselves in Epictetus's profound wisdom. It is recommended not only for students of philosophy but for anyone seeking a contemplative guide to living a life of purpose and equanimity. Through these texts, Epictetus continues to mentor modern readers on navigating life's challenges with stoic resolve and moral clarity.

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Epictetus (c. 50 – c. 135 AD) was a Greek Stoic philosopher born in Hierapolis, Phrygia. Enslaved at a young age, he spent his early life in Rome before earning his freedom and establishing a school of philosophy in Nicopolis. His teachings have largely come down to the modern world through the works of his student Arrian, who published them in a collection known as the 'Discourses'. Alongside these, the 'Encheiridion' or 'Manual', a condensed set of Epictetus's aphorisms, conveyed his central ideas and practical suggests for living a virtuous life. Epictetus's philosophy emphasizes ethics informed by a clear perception of reality. He believed that while humans cannot control external events, they can master their own perceptions, leading to a state of tranquility and freedom from suffering. His work remains influential, informing both later Stoic philosophers and contributing to the field of personal development and self-help. A testament to his lasting impact, his works have been widely translated and are studied in the context of classical philosophy and Stoic ethics. Epictetus's teachings on the acceptance of what one cannot change and the pursuit of virtue above all else continue to resonate through centuries, illustrating the timeless nature of his philosophical insights.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 143 Pages

Filesize: 440.4 KB

ISBN: 8596547357117