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Discourses and Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition
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His thoughts survive (mainly in the form written down by one of his students) because the Church found this Theistic philosopher acceptable, but he is now somewhat ignored.
This excellent new translation reads very well, and should encourage us to revisit this thinker.
Highly recommended, alongside Marcus Aurelius's 'Meditations', Cicero's 'De Officiis', and the relevant writings of Seneca, for anybody wanting to understand the Stoicism of the Hellenistic period, and its influence on the practical morality of the succeeding Christian centuries. The main thrust of Epictetus' thought - that individuals are at the mercy not of events themselves but of their mistaken interpretations of events - remains strikingly modern and highly relevant, underlying such contemporary therapeutic doctrines as cognitive behavioural therapy.
Introduction; Discourses (206 pages); Fragments (12 pages); Enchiridion (16 pages); Glossary of Names; Notes. No index or bibliography, but a brief suggestion for Further Reading.
The translation of ancient hilosophical texts are notoriously difficult. The reason in part being the translation of different meanings of particular words used by those philosophers. Having said that Robert Dobbin has been able to produce a clear, lucid account for the general reader. It is easily digestible and will give hours of readable pleasure.
The introduction and notes are sadly not as copious as one would want but that is no drawback and in no way detracts from its scholarly standing. The notes retain valuable and necessary clarity to enable you to read the text. Mr Dobbin's style is modern and highly readable. It was about time a new updated modern translation of Epictetus was available, and Penguin and Mr Dobbin have succeeded.
I find Epictetus has an extremely practical view of the world, and I love this work."Don't put your purpose in one place and expect to see progress made somewhere else."
We have to learn to manage our impressions, and evaluate them correctly. We overestimate what we can control. But we can act in a way that is appropriate to the direction we want to take, we can choose our friends, we can teach ourselves to see the futility of prolonged mourning or overlamented loss. It looks to me like Shakespeare used this as a sourcebook for Hamlet.
I'd like to dramatise some of these ideas myself.
"The essence of good and evil consists in the condition of our character."
Armor for forbearance as told by Epictetus. I did not agree with every pronouncement (especially the ones with heavy references to God - ok, he lived in different times) but then he was a stoic and a freed slave and his way of looking at life challenged me to rethink my perspective and priorities.
"Whenever I see a person suffering from nervousness, I think, well, what can he expect? If he had not set his sights on things outside man's control, his nervousness would end at one."
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