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Stoic ethics : Epictetus and happiness as freedom

Author: William O Stephens
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2007.
Series: Continuum studies in ancient philosophy.
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"Unfortunately, little survives of the early writings on Stoicism. Our knowledge of it comes largely from a few later Stoics. In this unique book, William O. Stephens explores the moral philosophy of the late Stoic Epictetus, a former slave and dynamic Stoic teacher. His philosophy, as recorded by one of his students, is the most earnest and most compelling defence of ancient Stoicism that exists. Epictetus'  Read more...
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Stephens, William O., 1962-
Stoic ethics.
London ; New York : Continuum, 2007
(OCoLC)654136123
Named Person: Epictetus.; Epictetus.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William O Stephens
ISBN: 9780826496089 0826496083
OCLC Number: 81453247
Description: xvii, 178 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: What exactly is "up to me"?. Internals vs. externals ; Prohairesis as self ; Judgements determine everything ; The status of the location of the good ; Notes --
How must I view the use of externals?. The use of externals is not neutral ; The rationality of following fate ; Do your best and accept the rest ; Notes --
How does the Stoic love?. The good of others is my own concern ; Only my own conduct matters ; Human affection and feeling ; Stoic love is free and painless ; Only the sage truly loves ; Notes --
Happiness as freedom. The sage as prescriptive ideal ; Life according to nature as the life of reason ; Why the life of reason is a life of virtue ; Eudaimonia and ataraxia ; The strength of Stoicism.
Series Title: Continuum studies in ancient philosophy.
Responsibility: William O. Stephens.
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