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EpictetusA Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life$
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A. A. Long

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199245568.001.0001

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From Theology to Ethics

From Theology to Ethics

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(p.180) Chapter 7 From Theology to Ethics
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Epictetus
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199245568.003.0008

Like earlier Stoics, Epictetus views the goal of ethics as life in accordance with nature, but he gives that goal distinctively theonomic foundations. His conception of happiness is explored, together with his insistence that everyone is naturally motivated by self‐interest, which, when properly understood, is the precondition of a properly social identity. He construes living well as making the most skilful use of every circumstance, as exemplified by the way Socrates conducted himself at the end of his life.

Keywords:   Epictetus, ethics, happiness, living well, self‐interest, social identity, theology

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