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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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Autonomy and Integrity

Autonomy and Integrity

(p.207) Chapter 8 Autonomy and Integrity

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Elucidates Epictetus’ key term prohairesis, translated by volition. This is our God‐given capacity to achieve autonomy if we internalize the doctrine that genuine freedom is entirely a function of our mental disposition. For Epictetus, freedom of the will signifies not being constrained in one's mind‐set by external events. He envisions this condition as essential to the realization of moral integrity, which he takes to be an innate capacity for treating other persons with affection and respect.

Keywords:   affection, autonomy, Epictetus, freedom of the will, integrity, mental disposition, prohairesis, respect, volition

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