Even as a slave, epictetus used his time productively, studying stoic philosophy under musonius rufus he was eventually freed and lived a relatively hard life in ill health in rome so far as is. Stoicism is a school of hellenistic philosophy founded by zeno of citium in athens in the early 3rd century bc it was heavily influenced by certain teachings of socrates , while stoic physics are largely drawn from the teachings of the philosopher heraclitus. If you haven't already, you should read the part of the faq on stoicism, god, gods, and atheism linked on the right my take is: (1) you're right, epictetus and the ancient stoics - living in the times and places they did - would not have agreed with post-enlightenment, post-freudian agnostic atheism. Recommended reads for 2018 select wisdom quotes from the stoic philosophical tradition of the classical world quotes and excerpts from epictetus, marcus aurelius, zeno of. If you go to amazon and type in “stoicism” as the search term, in the first 2 pages of hits there are 12 (count ’em) books, all published within the past 10 years, on the theme of “how the ancient stoics can make your life better.
Stoicism was one of the new philosophical movements of the hellenistic period the name derives from the porch (stoa poikilê) in the agora at athens decorated with mural paintings, where the members of the school congregated, and their lectures were heldunlike ‘epicurean,’ the sense of the english adjective ‘stoical’ is not utterly misleading with regard to its philosophical origins. Stoicism, in short, is a series of mental techniques and ways of life that allow you to decrease and then virtually eliminate all negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, and dissatisfaction, while simultaneously building up a tide of pure joy inside you that eventually starts to make you jump around and boogie at unexpected moments, and. The enchiridion by epictetus, part of the internet classics archive. The role ethics of epictetus: stoicism in ordinary life offers an original interpretation of epictetus’s ethics and how he bases his ethics on an appeal to our roles in life epictetus believes that every individual is the bearer of many roles from sibling to citizen and that individuals are morally good if they fulfill the obligations associated with these roles.
Stockdale on stoicism i: the stoic warrior's triad vadm james b stockdale, usn (retired) of his reflections on stoicism and its influence on his life we readily and the stoic philosopher epictetus, the outstanding pagan moralist of the roman empire i'll do my best to give you that under. Summary of the discourses of epictetus february 21, 2015 stoicism john messerly the problem of life & its solution these are strong claims indeed, but it seems that even under torture epictetus was able to control his response by aligning his wants with his fate. Stoicism: epictetus and marcus aurelius basic position according to the stoic, the good life consists in accepting whatever happens to youthis advocacy of acceptance rests upon two claims: (1) all events in the universe, including human actions, are determined—except for freedom of will in our attitudes toward what is happening to us and. Neo-stoicism is a syncretic movement, combining a revival of stoicism with christianity, founded by the belgian humanist justus lipsius (1547 - 1606) it is a practical philosophy which holds that the basic rule of good life is that one should not yield to the passions (greed, joy.
Cleary comments that stoicism’s emphasis on controlling emotion can make life seem rather flat “being emotional, having highs and lows, are an important part of life and i don’t want to get. Epictetus was right when he said that “life is hard, brutal, punishing, narrow, and confining, a deadly business” we should take whatever help we can get, and it. The partially examined life reads epictetus (selfstoicism) submitted 2 years ago by betweenzeroandone the partially examined life is a philosophy podcast i enjoy and i was excited to finally see an episode on stoicism.
When bill clinton called barack obama “a man cool on the outside, but who burns for america on the inside” he inadvertently reflected a benefit of stoicism, coolness under pressure stoicism. Epictetus acknowledges that he is a follower of socratic teachings and that he shares idea with socrates about happiness and its requirements in fact, epictetus can be thought of as a ―life coach,‖ offering instruction in achieving. These documents—from the likes of marcus aurelius, seneca, epictetus—constitute the bedrock of what is known as stoicism, an ancient philosophy that was once one of the most popular civic disciplines in the west, practiced by the rich and the impoverished, the powerful and the struggling alike in the pursuit of the good life. Philosophers taught stoicism in the streets of athens, under the stoa poikile or painted colonnade, hence the name ‘stoic’ it became popular in roman culture and most of the surviving stoic books we have are by ancient romans, like seneca, epictetus and. Epictetus (c 50 ce- c 130 ce) was a stoic philosopher best known for his works the enchiridion (the handbook) and his discourses, both foundational works in stoic philosophy and both thought to have been written down from his teachings by his student arrian stoicism is the belief that the individual is wholly responsible for his or her interpretations of circumstance and that all of life is.
Stockdale wrote a lot about epictetus, in speeches and memoirs and essays, but if you want to travel light (and, really, what stoic doesn’t), the best thing you could take with you is a speech he gave at king’s college london in 1993, published as courage under fire: testing epictetus’s doctrines in a laboratory of human behavior (1993. Epictetus (cad 55 - 135) was a greek/roman philosopher of the hellenistic period he managed to overcome huge obstacles in developing from a crippled roman slave to become one of the most popular and sought after philosophers of his time he was one of the most influential teachers of the later years of the school of stoicism, and considered by some to be the greatest of the stoics. Epictetus, a former slave who understood slavery all too well, calls our life circumstances naturally slavish thus, our liberty cannot lie in our external circumstances, but in our reactions to them, and this is the one realm in which we are always able to exercise complete freedom. To quote epictetus again “if you want to know if life or death is better, the answer i give is life if you ask about pain and pleasure, i say pleasure is preferable” (discourses, i215) preferred indifferents take care of things that are under our partial control.
Epictetus distinguishes between the things “up to us” (our mental and moral life) and the things “not up to us” (our bodies and external states of affairs) this distinction may be our single most important legacy from ancient stoicism. That’s what makes stoicism so powerful: it can provide timeless principles to help us in both good and bad fortune, no matter our station our life epictetus was born nearly 2,000 years ago in hierapolis (present-day pamukkale in turkey) as a slave in a wealthy household.
Epictetus, stoic philosopher stoicism under rome the stoicism of epictetus: how to live our life based solely on the excellence that is proper to man stoic common humanity in epictetus stoicism's and christianity's failure to unite on common ground and when death overtakes. Epictetus: the stoic in a storm at sea he says the stoic possessed a copy of epictetus’ discourses and was an important and well-respected teacher in athens they were apparently both sailing from cassiopa, holding the young men who were his pupils under very good control. Epictetus (55–135 ce) epictetus (pronounced epic-tee-tus) was an exponent of stoicism who flourished in the early second century ce about four hundred years after the stoic school of zeno of citium was established in athens he lived and worked, first as a student in rome, and then as a teacher with his own school in nicopolis in greece.