Chapter

Autonomy and Integrity

A. A. Long

in Epictetus

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199245567
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597923 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245568.003.0009
 Autonomy and Integrity

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Elucidates Epictetus’ key term prohairesis, translated by volition. This is our God‐given capacity to achieve autonomy if we internalize the doctrine that genuine freedom is entirely a function of our mental disposition. For Epictetus, freedom of the will signifies not being constrained in one's mind‐set by external events. He envisions this condition as essential to the realization of moral integrity, which he takes to be an innate capacity for treating other persons with affection and respect.

Keywords: affection; autonomy; Epictetus; freedom of the will; integrity; mental disposition; prohairesis; respect; volition

Chapter.  9253 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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