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Marcus Aurelius : a guide for the perplexed

Author: William O Stephens
Publisher: New York : Continuum International Pub. Group, ©2012.
Series: Guides for the perplexed.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides an introduction to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. This title presents an exploration of the life and philosophical reflections of this complex Stoic philosopher and Roman  Read more...

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Named Person: Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome; Mark Aurel, Römisches Reich Kaiser; Kaiser) Marcus Aurelius (Römisches Reich
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William O Stephens
ISBN: 9781441108104 1441108106 9781441125613 1441125612
OCLC Number: 657603143
Description: xiv, 191 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. The man, the Emperor, the thinker --
The man --
Judging a book by its title --
The family and boyhood of "Truest" --
The philosopher-prince --
The early reign --
A stoic at war --
Father and son --
The thinker --
2. The influence of Heraclitus and Epictetus --
Heraclitus --
The divine law of logos --
Sleeping, waking, remembering --
Harmony of opposites --
River --
Flux, fire, and fortitude --
Epictetus --
Plato's Socrates as a Stoic hero --
Mighty mind and beastly body --
Death's door --
The theater of life --
3. Wholes and parts --
Simple mereology --
The parts of a person --
Cosmic holism --
Death harmlessly transforms --
Limbs of the social body --
The bees and the hive --
What, then, is the Good of the individual citizen? --
4. Time, transience, and eternity --
The rushing river of existence --
All that happens happened before --
Time quickly erases --
The gift of the present --
You can't lose what you don't have --
5. Virtues, vices, and junk --
Determine its nature, substance, cause, purpose, and duration --
Stupid, paltry, decaying, putrid, filthy, vile, contemptible, worthless junk --
Ashes, bones, and moke --
What in us should we prize? --
The task of philosophy --
Goodness is your Job: perfect your character --
Justice and reverence, injustice and blasphemy --
The self-cleaning spring and the all-consuming fire --
What is owed to others.
Series Title: Guides for the perplexed.
Responsibility: William O. Stephens.

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A very interesting and useful introduction to the life of Marcus Aurelius and to Stoic philosophy, which will prove rewarding reading for both the interested layman and the more serious student of Read more...

 
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