The Enchiridion

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The Enchiridion, or "Handbook," is a summary of the teachings of the slave-turned-Stoic philosopher Epicetus (first century A.D.) posthumously compiled and published by one of Epictetus' students. Though brief, this work is universally considered to be the living spirit of Stoicism, wherein the principles of right conduct and true thinking are outlined. The Enchiridion has played a significant role in the development of modern philosophy and intellectual attitudes, showing secular thinkers how sound reasoning can...
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Overview

The Enchiridion, or "Handbook," is a summary of the teachings of the slave-turned-Stoic philosopher Epicetus (first century A.D.) posthumously compiled and published by one of Epictetus' students. Though brief, this work is universally considered to be the living spirit of Stoicism, wherein the principles of right conduct and true thinking are outlined. The Enchiridion has played a significant role in the development of modern philosophy and intellectual attitudes, showing secular thinkers how sound reasoning can free them from the shackles of absolutism and emotionalism and, in so doing, live a more tranquil and productive life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449524234
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/25/2009
  • Pages: 26
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.05 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Escape from mysticism

    Epictetus's teachings helped prepare the western world to achieve the secular foundations necessary for the rule of reason as law. Religious rule would wane significantly, allowing the rise of liberty of thought and wide participation in political life. While retaining the mystery of the 'logos' of the universe, particularly given the relatively recent rise of uncertainty in quantum mechanics, the simple Stoic elements promote the acceptance of reality within political systems and an imperfect nature with a minumum of violent conflict. Epictetus's mitigated skepticism laid groundwork for later thinkers like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and David Hume, the true fathers of modern constitutional systems based primarily on reason and the rule of law. Enchiridion is a brilliant work to most readers, as all humans are at least in part Stoic.

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