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Epictetus in His Time and Place

A. A. Long

in Epictetus

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199245567
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597923 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245568.003.0002
 Epictetus in His Time and Place

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Discusses the life of Epictetus, and situates him in his cultural and intellectual context. He was taught Stoicism by Musonius Rufus, and the salient doctrines of traditional Stoicism are compared with Epictetus’ main themes, with a view to assess his originality. Epictetus plays down Stoic paradoxes and technicalities, focusing instead on moral progress and the fallibility of ordinary persons.

Keywords: Epictetus; ethics; fallibility; moral progress; Musonius Rufus; Stoicism

Chapter.  11314 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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