Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life

Paperback | April 28, 2004

byA. 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, a leading scholar of later ancient philosophy, gives the definitive presentation ofthe thought of Epictetus for a broad readership. Long's fresh and vivid translations of a selection of the best of Epictetus' discourses show that his ideas are as valuable and striking today as they were amost two thousand years ago. The translations are organized thematically within the frameworkof an authoritative introduction and commentary, which offer a way into this world for those new to it, and illuminating 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 ground-breaking book. Long shows how Epictetus offered his students a way of life premised onthe values of personal autonomy and integrity. Never a sermonizer, Epictetus engages his students in brilliantly challenging dialogue; Long offers the first accessible study of his 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.

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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, a leading scholar of later ancient philosophy, gives the definitive presentation ofthe thought of Epictetus for a broad readers...

A. A. Long is in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.58 inPublished:April 28, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199268856

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Epictetus in his Time and Place2. The Discourses3. The Socratic Paradigm4. Philosophy and Pedagogy5. Reading Epictetus6. Natures: Divine, Human, Animal7. From Theology to Ethics8. Autonomy and Integrity9. Appropriate Actions and FeelingsEpilogue: The afterlife of EpictetusGlossaryWho's Who: Stoics and OthersIndex of passages/general index

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`These are good days for Epictetus studies ... [Long's] previous work has already established him as one of the foremost Stoicism experts in the world. This is his first book on a single Stoic author, and it does not disappoint....especially useful for those who are trying seriously to engagewith Epictetus for the first time. Long's interpretation is also systematic and original enough to interest experts in Hellenistic philosophy.'Peter Adamson, Mind