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Handbook of Epictetus by Epictetus

Handbook of Epictetus

by Epictetus (Author), Epictetus, N. P. White (Translator)

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    A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B Irvine (prosfilaes)
    prosfilaes: It's mostly the same philosophy, except Irvine had read Voltaire's Candide. But it's expanded, with a lot more discussion about how it applies practically and to modern life.

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A little something to read on Thanksgiving. Maybe after this, I'll leaf through Seneca, then watch Charlie Brown or something.

One of the big three stoics, with the authors being Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. Epictetus recieved no formal schooling, and was a slave for most of his life. No self-pity. Instead, independence, fearlessness, and acceptance of death and suffering. Self-rule and self-improvement. Forgiveness, acceptance, and understanding.

Almost resembles some forms of Buddhism. In many ways, both are fatalistic, but this is not necessarily pessimism. Instead, there is peace.

I typically find most 'self-help' books to be injurious, maybe even dangerous in their mindless positivity. If it is not too imperious, I would recommend the Stoics and their friends instead, for their mindful tranquility.
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  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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  jmcdbooks | Jan 28, 2013 |
Author succeeds in translating this old Greek philosopher and his teachings into modern times. Short chapters for mediation among hustle and bustle of today's hectic life ( )
  Hernibs | Nov 3, 2011 |
Den här tunna lilla skrift har blivit läst av mig ända sedan tonåren. Epiktetos tankar och stoiska ideal är tidlösa. Stoicismen innebär, med mina ord, att man upplever att kontrollen finns inombords, att man inte låter sig påverkas av yttre betingelser. På så sätt blir man aldrig ett offer. Att vara stoiker betraktar jag som ett sätt att hantera livet. ( )
  AsaMajander | Sep 14, 2011 |
An excellent introduction to this Stoic philosopher. While none of the text is anything he said in life, each subject discussed comes from what teachings we have of him and what he would likely have said. It's amazing how timeless these words can become, speaking to some of the eternal aspects of the human condition.
Philosophy should not be something highbrow and removed from understanding by the general populace. Epictetus can bring it back down to earth. ( )
  quantumbutterfly | Apr 22, 2011 |
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EpictetusAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Epictetusmain authorall editionsconfirmed
White, N. P.Translatormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Capelle, WilhelmTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crawford, TomEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guyau, Jean-MarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leopardi, GiacomoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Long, GeorgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Negri, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neitzke, ErnstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ricci, MatteoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
White, Nicholas P.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Handbook of Epictetus also known as Enchiridion written by legendary Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus is a manual of Stoic ethical advice. Compiled by Arrian, who was a student of Epictetus, this great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, the Handbook of Epictetus is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by Epictetus is highly recommended.

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