THE DISCOURSE of EPICTETUS (Special Nook Edition): The Highly Acclaimed Philosophy Discourses Complete Unabridged Authoritative Edition of EPICTETUS THE DISCOURSES [As Featured in Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full]

THE DISCOURSE of EPICTETUS (Special Nook Edition): The Highly Acclaimed Philosophy Discourses Complete Unabridged Authoritative Edition of EPICTETUS THE DISCOURSES [As Featured in Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full]

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THE DISCOURSE of EPICTETUS (Special Nook Edition)

The Highly Acclaimed Philosophy Discourses
Complete Unabridged Authoritative Edition of EPICTETUS THE DISCOURSES

[As Featured in Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full]


ABOUT THE DISCOURSES OF EPICTETUS

The Discourses of Epictetus are a series of extracts of the teachings of the Stoic… See more details below

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THE DISCOURSE of EPICTETUS (Special Nook Edition)

The Highly Acclaimed Philosophy Discourses
Complete Unabridged Authoritative Edition of EPICTETUS THE DISCOURSES

[As Featured in Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full]


ABOUT THE DISCOURSES OF EPICTETUS

The Discourses of Epictetus are a series of extracts of the teachings of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus written down by Arrian c. 108 AD. There were originally eight books, but only four now remain in their entirety, along with a few fragments of the others. In a preface attached to the Discourses, Arrian explains how he came to write them:

"I neither wrote these Discourses of Epictetus in the way in which a man might write such things; nor did I make them public myself, inasmuch as I declare that I did not even write them. But whatever I heard him say, the same I attempted to write down in his own words as nearly as possible, for the purpose of preserving them as memorials to myself afterwards of the thoughts and the freedom of speech of Epictetus."


EXCERPT

"Of all the faculties, you will find not one which is capable of contemplating itself; and, consequently, not capable either of approving or disapproving. How far does the grammatic art possess the contemplating power? As far as forming a judgement about what is written and spoken. And how far music? As far as judging about melody. Does either of them then contemplate itself? By no means. But when you must write something to your friend, grammar will tell you what words you must write; but whether you should write or not, grammar will not tell you. And so it is with music as to musical sounds; but whether you should sing at the present time and play on the lute, or do neither, music will not tell you. What faculty then will tell you? That which contemplates both itself and all other things. And what is this faculty? The rational faculty; for this is the only faculty that we have received which examines itself, what it is, and what power it has, and what is the value of this gift, and examines all other faculties: for what else is there which tells us that golden things are beautiful, for they do not say so themselves? Evidently it is the faculty which is capable of judging of appearances. What else judges of music, grammar, and other faculties, proves their uses and points out the occasions for using them? Nothing else.

As then it was fit to be so, that which is best of all and supreme over all is the only thing which the gods have placed in our power, the right use of appearances; but all other things they have not placed in our power. Was it because they did not choose? I indeed think that, if they had been able, they would have put these other things also in our power, but they certainly could not. For as we exist on the earth, and are bound to such a body and to such companions, how was it possible for us not to be hindered as to these things by externals?"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014641173
Publisher:
The Discourse of Epictetus Philosophy Press
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Series:
The Discourses of Epictetus | Greek Stoic and Stoical Philosophy | Stoicism , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
663,128
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