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The ethics of the stoic Epictetus : an English translation

Author: Adolf Friedrich Bonhöffer; William O Stephens
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, ©1996.
Series: Revisioning philosophy, vol. 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Born a slave, but later earning his freedom and founding a school for teaching Stoicism to the sons of Roman noblemen, Epictetus (e. 50-120 A.D.) has been a popular source of Stoic philosophy for centuries. Originally published in 1894 by the German scholar Adolf Bonhoffer and here translated into English for the first time, this work remains the most systematic and detailed study of Epictetus' ethics.
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Bonhöffer, Adolf Friedrich, 1859-1919.
Ethics of the stoic Epictetus.
New York : Peter Lang, ©1996
(OCoLC)654801839
Named Person: Epictetus; Epictetus.; Épictète; Epictetus.; Epictetus
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adolf Friedrich Bonhöffer; William O Stephens
ISBN: 0820430277 9780820430270
OCLC Number: 32893082
Description: xix, 335 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface: A Biography of Adolf Bonhoffer / Constantine Ritter --
The Ethics of the Stoic Epictetus --
Bonhoffer's Foreword --
Bonhoffer's Table of Contents. pt. I. Basis and End of Virtue. 1st Section. The Foundation of Moral Obligation. 2nd Section. The Highest Good or the End (Telos). pt. II. The Content of Virtue. 1st Section. Desire According to Nature or the Rational Outlook on Life. 2nd Section. Action According to Nature or the Correct Fulfillment of Duty. 3rd Section. Judgment According to Nature (Intellectual Development of the Mind). pt. III. The Acquisition of Virtue. 1st Section. The Moral Predisposition. 2nd Section. Sin. 3rd Section. Moral Progress and Perfection. Concluding Consideration. Excursus I. The Stoic Telos Formulae --
Excursus II. The Stoic Doctrine of Suicide --
Excursus III. The [actual symbol not reproducible] --
Excursus IV. The Views of the Stoics on Acquisition --
Excursus V. Stoic Pantheism.
Series Title: Revisioning philosophy, vol. 2.
Responsibility: William O. Stephens, translator.

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Born a slave, but later earning his freedom and founding a school for teaching Stoicism to the sons of Roman noblemen, Epictetus (e. 50-120 A.D.) has been a popular source of Stoic philosophy for centuries. Originally published in 1894 by the German scholar Adolf Bonhoffer and here translated into English for the first time, this work remains the most systematic and detailed study of Epictetus' ethics.

The basis, content, and acquisition of virtue are methodically described, while important related points in Stoic ethics are discussed in an extensive appendix. Epictetus is compared throughout with the other late Stoics (Seneca, Marcus Aurelius), Cicero, the early Stoics (Zeno, Cleanthes, Chrysippus), and Christian moral thought. This approach shows that Stoic ethics continues to have great practical and pedagogical value.

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