Epictetus: His Continuing Influence and Contemporary by David B. Suits, Dane R. Gordon

By David B. Suits, Dane R. Gordon

Epictetus (c. 50-c. one hundred twenty CE) used to be born a slave. His grasp, Epaphroditus, allowed him to wait the lectures of the Stoic thinker Musonius Rufus and later gave him his freedom. From a variety of references in his Discourses it truly is transparent that Epictetus valued freedom as a necessary ownership. He might were at the part of the numerous humans residing now who, whereas now not really enslaved, are denied real freedom via the tough situations in their lives. Epictetus's teachings approximately freedom and human dignity have echoed throughout the millennia-in the writings of Spinoza, Thomas Paine and Martin Luther King, Jr., to call a number of. He was once a lot keen on human habit. His recommendation not to fear approximately what's now not in our keep watch over is pointedly appropriate to our busy sleek society-which is usually fraught with anxiousness. a few humans may perhaps argue that what Epictetus taught isn't really critical philosophy, extra like self-help. however the diversity of subject matters addressed by means of the essays during this booklet in actual fact shows that the lessons of Epictetus supply robust incentive to provide day philosophical pondering. "Epictetus: His carrying on with impression and modern Relevance" is the name of a convention on Epictetus held at Rochester Institute of know-how in April 2012, whilst a number of the rules in those essays have been first offered.

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Value theory, then, should ask whether the seemingly antithetical attitudes of taking the same things seriously and not seriously are rational modes of valuing. The Stoics are exceptional in putting these matters at the center of ethical theory.

Epictetus on proairesis and Self ”. In The Philosophy of Epictetus, edited by Theodore Scaltsas and Andrew Mason, 87–98. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. ———. Self: Ancient and Modern Insights about Individuality, Life, and Death. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. 3 8 EPICTETUS: his continuing influence and contemporary relevance Stephens, William. “Masks, Androids, and Primates: The Evolution of the Concept of ‘Person’”. Etica and Animali 9 (1998): 111–127. Stephens, William. Stoic Ethics: Epictetus and Happiness as Freedom.

Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault. Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1988. ———. ” In The Foucault Reader, edited by Paul Rabinow, 32–50. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984. Christopher Davidson 53 5 4 EPICTETUS: his continuing influence and contemporary relevance Taking the Same Things Seriously and Not Seriously: A Stoic Proposal on Value and the Good 1 Katja Maria Vogt If someone were to say that an archer does everything in his power not for the sake of hitting the target but for the sake of doing everything in his power, one would suppose him to be speaking in a riddling and fantastic way.

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