Appropriate Actions and Feelings

A. A. Long

in Epictetus

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199245567
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597923 | DOI:
 Appropriate Actions and Feelings

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Epictetus characteristically views moral action in relation to a person's identity and social roles. To be human, in his view, is to be engaged in a profession, calling for excellent performance in terms of one's rational nature and contingent circumstances. As a Stoic, he treats the passions as malfunctions of reason, but he emphasizes tolerance towards those who err, and a controlled empathy towards those in distress.

Keywords: empathy; Epictetus; moral action; passions; social roles; tolerance

Chapter.  10497 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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