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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:   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
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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