Enchiridion (Great Books in Philosophy)

Enchiridion (Great Books in Philosophy)

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The Enchiridion, or "Handbook," is a summary of the teachings of the slave-turned-Stoic philosopher Epictetus (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.

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The Enchiridion, or "Handbook," is a summary of the teachings of the slave-turned-Stoic philosopher Epictetus (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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ISBN-13:
9781615920471
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/01/1991
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
168 KB

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Enchiridion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Dustfinger009 More than 1 year ago
A classic text of great examples of how to live according to the Stoic philosophy! Once a slave of ancient Rome, Epictetus became one of the greatest Stoic philosophers. His works influenced many thinkers, including Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius known for his Meditations. Within the Enchiridrion, one finds several tenants on how to live life and recognize what is and is not within our control. If one is looking for a short yet interesting look into philosophy, specifically Roman stoicism, or simply is looking for a new way of thinking and living, this book is an excellent introductory work to read and ponder about! If this sparks one's interest, one may consider further reading of longer and deeper works such as Epictetus's Discourses or Marcus Aurelius's Meditations
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JWL More than 1 year ago
I found this book very insightful. It has a lot of truth, which remains relevant in today's standards as it did in Epictetus's time. This book is mostly composed of fragments, however, the fragments are very compelling and will give the reader a sense of knowledge. What I mean by knowledge is that the fragments are about how to live a good life, how to ignore people who insult us, how to act when we are among friends, how to view justice, what is fair, and many many more. The length of book is only 56 pages, and it will only take you probably a few hours to get through it. Like I said, it's mostly composed of fragments, which are a sentense or two in legnth. Overall, this was a great read and i enjoyed it immensely. A lot of the quotes i will carry with me throughout life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had a profound sense of easing to my life. I read this book to see how it supplemented his other writings. Basic, simplistic, and powerful. It rises above politics and religion. The Ancient Romans read this book as well as their society collapsed. Here you find great inner peace.