Epictetus Philosopher-Therapist

  • Authors
  • Jason Xenakis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xii
  2. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 1-11
  3. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 12-25
  4. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 26-39
  5. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 40-55
  6. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 56-69
  7. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 70-84
  8. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 85-97
  9. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 98-110
  10. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 111-125
  11. Jason Xenakis
    Pages 126-130
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 131-141

About this book

Introduction

Epictetus presents difficulties for the historiall of ideas. He published nothing, while his so-called writings are mostly notes of so me of his discussions taken down haphazardly by a friend. Moreover, about half of the notes are lost, and little is known of his life. All this may go toward explaining the paucity of Epictetus studies; for indeed this is the first book-length commentary published in English devoted only to hirn. All known aspects of his work are here considered and recon­ structed and freshly approached. Eut the emphasis is on his re­ marks in ethics, for the simple reason that ethics was his dominant interest and that his diagnoses of problems in living and tech­ niques for coping with those problems have been insufficiently appreciated. His ethics is primarily pain-oriented: it consists of existential reminders, such as that things are ephemer al and people vulnerable, plus ways of avoiding and easing distress, induding training and thought-analysis, because he believed that people's troubles stern largely from silly habits and precon­ ceptions.

Keywords

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Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-9060-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1969
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8374-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-9060-2
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