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    Epictetus was a Stoic philosopher who lived during the height of the Roman Empire, 50 to 135 CE roughly. He was born a slave in modern Turkey. He was given his name from the Greek word επικτητος, meaning ‘acquired’ or ‘slave’. As a slave he was permitted to attend philosophy lectures, which were held by Stoics at the time. During his time as a slave, Epictetus’ leg was injured, either from torture or an accident, and, due to his familiarity with Stoicism, he was able to endure it. He got his freedom

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    Stoicism: Epictetus & Seneca Born of different backgrounds, upbringings, and experiences, Epictetus and Seneca are Roman philosophers who outwardly appear very different. Epictetus spent most of his youth as a slave while Seneca was born into money and became a tutor of Nero. Although these two men seem to be very dissimilar, they each shared a common purpose in studying philosophy and teaching people on how to live well. Each suggested different paths for how to do so. Epictetus suggests in his

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    external things cannot be controlled, and attempting to control them will just bring unhappiness. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus is one such philosopher. In The Enchiridion he outlined how to live a good life as a stoic. Anything that is not one's own action is out of their control and

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    Stoic writings like Epictetus’ Enchiridion or The Handbook, show that he believes that to live the best life possible, that person needs to not put any value into emotions. In Epictetus' writing, he writes his beliefs on how a person can achieve the Good Life. The Good Life is a concept people strive to achieve in their lives. Epictetus believes that for a person to have the Good Life, they should not let the death of someone they loved to make them unhappy, that the judgment of death is what makes

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    to practice. The major flaw of Stoicism, highlighted in McGill’s ‘The Issue of the Satisfaction of Desire’ is the belief that emotion is a product of mistaken judgments and therefore is controllable. This leads to illogical conclusions evident in Epictetus’ ‘The Handbook’ which suggests both that it is possible to enjoy externals such as possessions, body and relationships whilst still not properly being attached

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    The Rules of Life: Epictetus’ View      As rational beings, we can become conscious of the law that guides all things. Virtue consists in conscious agreement with the inevitable order of things. According to Epictetus’ The Enchiridion, one acts with the virtues of Stoicism: human imperfection, prudence, temperance, and courage. We can relate what Epictetus is saying to our own lives. It appears that some comfort comes in knowing that one has no control over the predetermined

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    Lyle Henderson experienced all the hardships that came alongside his father’s belief of a Stoic life. The quotation by the Stoic philosopher, Epictetus illustrates all the struggles Lyle’s father faces while still hoping with strong morals that the trials he faces would make his life meaningful in the end. Previously, his father refused to take the charity box without earning it through hard work. Sydney placed himself in a dangerous situation through his noble action of approaching the danger of

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    Stoic Radicalism

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    free man (Seneca 194). Similarly, Epictetus instructs “Do not be joyful about any superiority that is not your own” (Epictetus 6), which recalls his earlier statement that “our possessions, our reputations, or our public offices” fall into this category. In application of this view, he draws a distinction between the statements: “I am richer than you; therefore, I am superior to you" and “I am richer than you; therefore, my property is superior to yours” (Epictetus 44), the former being invalid and

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    Suffering is a universal phenomenon that nobody can escape. “Every second, people are murdered, tortured, beaten, maimed, separated from their loved ones” (Ricard 35). And even though it is “an intrinsic part of our daily lives”, it is often ignored in the conversation of happiness because happiness and suffering are perceived to be polar opposite states of being. (Ricard 35). Scholars would argue that one is simply the absence of the other. Stoic philosophers emphasize the importance of enduring

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    Epictetus was born in 55 AD in Hierapolis, Phrygia and he died in 135 AD in Nicopolis, Achaea. He was born to the life of a slave and died as a great roman philosopher. As a slave he studied Stoic philosophy due to his owner recognizing his intellectual potential. He studied under the Musonius Rufus. He was granted freedom after Emperor Nero’s death. After some time Epictetus had gained his freedom and opened up his own school of philosophy where he taught up until he was exiled from Rome. After

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    In Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, she describes a town that holds a drawing that stones a person once a year because it is a tradition. In Epictetus’ The Handbook, he lays out the idea systems that stoics live by. A Stoic believes to let things happen as they happen and do not let emotions control the decisions that someone makes. Stoicism displays characteristics of preparing oneself before an important event happens, someone disassociating themselves from the pain someone experiences when they

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    Sttoicism In Socrates

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    live a life of virtue. This branch of philosophy is labelled “stoicism.” Due to how well the actions expressed by Socrates and suggested by Epictetus seem to align, a modern day examination of both The Enchiridion and several of Plato’s texts written about Socrates could conclude that Socrates himself may be considered a stoic. In his text The Enchirdion, Epictetus defines stoicism in a multitude of ways. According to this piece of writing, the main goal of stoicism is to adjust one’s

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    Would you be willing to let go of your deepest darkest fears to pursue the honorable? According to Seneca, “For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast - a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear, beyond the reach of desire, that counts virtue the only good, baseness the only evil, and all else but a worthless mass of things, which come and go without increasing or diminishing the highest good, and neither subtract any part

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    Who Lived From 50-130 Ad

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    Epictetus, a Stoic philosopher who lived from 50-130 AD, was instrumental in allowing the Stoic philosophy to grow and flourish. As ideas have come and gone throughout the years, this is a philosophy, a way of thinking, or even a lifestyle that has maintained its validity ever since its inception into the human mind, and continues to be a formative way of thinking to this day. Without knowing it, I have adopted several of the views that are explicitly written in Epictetus’ The Handbook. As I grew

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    imperishable benefit.” The character of Marcus Aurelius is truly special, but was molded by many important people and figures in his life. With the absence of honor and duty in Rome, influences such as Junius Rusticus, a book called “The Discourses of Epictetus”, and the Roman Emperor Hadrian, led Marcus Aurelius to become one of the most important stoics and one of

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    The Stoic Tradition Essay

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    perpetually. So in acting to improve, one is improving the actions that help to improve in a self-propagating cycle. Furthermore, following nature is remaining in a state of calm and peaceful apathy in response to the stressing events of life. Epictetus writes, Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is being passed around it comes to you; stretch out your hand and take a portion of it politely. It passes on; do not detain it. Or it has not come to

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    “The unexamined life is not worth living,” Plato says in The Apology. When people think about the great problems facing humanity, their attention tends to turn to issues such as poverty, warfare, pollution, and disease. While these problems are important and urgent, there are other problems which are equally urgent, but often overlooked. Are human beings born with a map for life? Can that map lead people to happiness? If there is a map, every human being can attain happiness easily. Is there any

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    Analysis Of ' Wisdom '

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    Stoicism defined in chapter 7 of Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy, is a philosophy that advises one of self control, detachment from external factors, and acceptance of one’s fate as identified by the objective use of reason. Ethical Stoicism seeks peace of the mind through the practice of self control and acceptance. Unhappiness is a result of seeking anything that is out of one’s control. Nothing can make a person happy or unhappy without their consent, because everything is

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    Introduction Many parallels have been drawn between the ancient philosophy known as stoicism and early Christian thought. They both believe that what ultimately matters in a person is internal, and that man should not preoccupy himself with earthly belongings. They are both highly individual, and believe that there is one divine force that is ruling the universe. And yet, in spite of some essential similarities, there are aspects where the two philosophies greatly diverge. A peculiar fact is that

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    Reflection Of Epictetus

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    . When Epictetus says that we should get angry if there is someone splashing in the bathhouse, he means that we should get upset at the way things are going. He would say that getting splashed at the bathhouse was out of your control. That no matter what the splashing would have happened, because it was already set up to happen that way, and there is no other way that it could have happened. The point that he is trying to make is that things in life are out of our control. They happen because there

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