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Enchiridion by Epictetus


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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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Enchiridion reads like the Proverbs and the Hadith. I am finding much in Stoicism that aligns with many of my own ideas. I am not sure whether this is from aspects of training and education that were implicitly Stoic or not. Indeed, I cannot recall any explicitly Stoic teachings in my formal education. Long's translations are interesting and draw upon previous translations. The notes are helpful, especially where all translators are unable to comprehend the precise meaning of certain of Epictetus's [reading Stephen King converted me to the s's rather than the s' plural] "fragments". This is a quick read, and worth further reflection. ( )
  madepercy | Nov 7, 2017 |
My first exposure to the stoic idea of philosophy and it was very enjoyable. Clear and rational rules for a way to a more accomplished life. Learning to accept your feelings and taking responsibility for them can diminish the impact others have on you and your ability to be happy was a huge idea. ( )
  Bricker | Mar 2, 2017 |
About the author: Epictetus was born a slave and lived in Rome until his banishment and completed his life in Northwestern Greece. (source: Wikipedia) About the book: Houston Smith, author of "The World's Religions" and "Forgotten Truth," said of this work, "This slim classic--the West's counterpart to Buddhism's beloved Dhammapada--contains more practical wisdom than an entire shelf of today's self-help books. If it seems low-key, that is because Epictetus's grip on the truth is so firm that he doesn't need to raise his voice. Sharon Lebell's deft rendering of the text makes it readily accessible to the contemporary reader."
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  uufnn | Feb 15, 2017 |
Everything has two handles, the one by which it may be carried, the other by which it cannot.

I am fond of a jug

Recall Kierkegaard. A hard doctrine. ( )
  ben_a | Sep 25, 2016 |

Libro muy corto. Tipico estilo de la epoca donde idea es un pequeño parrafo. Es muy sencillo para seguirlo, marcarlo y releer los capitulos mas intersantes.

Me gusta la idea de que todo realmente son tus opiniones, no es que el mundo te haga sufrir, es que tu estas sufriendo, etc.
No me gusta la idea de tener que hacer lo que tienes que hacer. Hoy en dia es practicamente lo contrario, tienes que hacer tantas cosas distintas como puedas. ( )
  trusmis | Apr 30, 2016 |
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Capelle, WilhelmTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0915145693, Paperback)

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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Although he was born into slavery and endured a permanent physical disability, Epictetus (ca. 50-ca. 130 AD) maintained that all people are free to control their lives and to live in harmony with nature. We will always be happy, he argued, if we learn to desire that things should be exactly as they are. After attaining his freedom, Epictetus spent his entire career teaching philosophy and advising a daily regimen of self-examination. His pupil Arrianus later collected and published the master's lecture notes; the Enchiridion, or Manual, is a distillation of Epictetus' teachings and an instructional manual for a tranquil life. Full of practical advice, this work offers guidelines for those seeking contentment as well as for those who have already made some progress in that direction. Translated by George Long.… (more)

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