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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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Appropriate Actions and Feelings

Appropriate Actions and Feelings

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(p.231) Chapter 9 Appropriate Actions and Feelings
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Epictetus
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DOI:10.1093/0199245568.003.0010

Epictetus characteristically views moral action in relation to a person's identity and social roles. To be human, in his view, is to be engaged in a profession, calling for excellent performance in terms of one's rational nature and contingent circumstances. As a Stoic, he treats the passions as malfunctions of reason, but he emphasizes tolerance towards those who err, and a controlled empathy towards those in distress.

Keywords:   empathy, Epictetus, moral action, passions, social roles, tolerance

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