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Reading Epictetus

A. A. Long

in Epictetus

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199245567
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597923 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245568.003.0006
 Reading Epictetus

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Offers detailed analysis of two of Epictetus’ Discourses: ’On rationality as self‐studying’, and ’On lapsing from integrity’. Epictetus explains the importance of making correct use of mental impressions, criticizes Epicurus, outlines the essentials of Stoic value theory, contrasts external power with self‐mastery, treats loss of integrity as supremely damaging to its former owner, and advocates internal dialogue as the essential resource for monitoring experience.

Keywords: Epictetus; Epicurus; impressions; integrity; internal dialogue; rationality; self‐mastery; Stoicism; value theory

Chapter.  4957 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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