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Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life

A. A. Long

Abstract

The Discourses of Epictetus, an emancipated Graeco‐Roman slave, are the most powerful surviving record of an ancient Stoic teacher at work. This book offers a comprehensive analysis of Epictetus’ philosophy as a guide to life, focusing on his dialectical methodology, principal ideas, and long‐term influence. It also shows, for the first time, how strongly he aligned his thought and educational goals with those of the Platonic Socrates. The first part of the book treats Epictetus’ intellectual and cultural context and the conversational style of the Discourses. In the second part, the core of h ... More

Keywords: dialectical methodology, Epictetus, freedom, integrity, judgement, personalist theism, Platonism, psychological analysis, Socrates, Stoicism, volition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199245568.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. A. Long, author
Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
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