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Epictetus : a Stoic and Socratic guide to life

Author: A A Long
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2013.
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"The philosophy of Epictetus, a freed slave in the Roman Empire, has been profoundly influential on Western thought: it offers not only stimulating ideas but practical guidance in living one's life. A.A. Long gives the definitive presentation of the thought of Epictetus for a broad readership. Long's translations of a selection of the best of Epictetus' discourses show that his ideas are as valuable and striking  Read more...
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Named Person: Epictetus.; Epictetus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A A Long
ISBN: 9780199268856 0199268851
OCLC Number: 1030101765
Description: xiv, 310 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Epictetus in his Time and Place --
2. The Discourses --
3. The Socratic Paradigm --
4. Philosophy and Pedagogy --
5. Reading Epictetus --
6. Natures: Divine, Human, Animal --
7. From Theology to Ethics --
8. Autonomy and Integrity --
9. Appropriate Actions and Feelings --
Epilogue: The Afterlife of Epictetus.
Responsibility: A.A. Long.

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"The philosophy of Epictetus, a freed slave in the Roman Empire, has been profoundly influential on Western thought: it offers not only stimulating ideas but practical guidance in living one's life. A.A. Long gives the definitive presentation of the thought of Epictetus for a broad readership. Long's translations of a selection of the best of Epictetus' discourses show that his ideas are as valuable and striking today as they were almost two thousand years ago. The translations are organized thematically within the framework of an authoritative introduction and commentary, which offer a way into this world for those new to it, and stimulating interpretations for those who already know it." "Epictetus is known as one of the great Stoic thinkers. But he took the life and conversation of Socrates as his educational model. His Socratic allegiance, scarcely examined before, is a major theme of this book. Long shows how Epictetus offered his students a way of life premised on the values of personal autonomy and integrity. More than a sermonizer, he engages his students in brilliantly challenging dialogue; Long offers the first accessible study of Epictetus' argumentative and rhetorical methods." "This is a book for anyone interested in what we can learn from ancient philosophy about how to live our lives."--Jacket.

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