Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Art of Living-on sex and amusements

Here is another of my reflections on Sharon Lebell’s free translation of the Stoic philosoopher, Epictetus, The Art of Living. The quotes below seem to be from pages 56-58 of the print edition.  I am reading it in Kindle format. … Continue reading

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The Art of Living-happiness

This post really is somewhat about Epictetus and Stoic philosophy as the book, The Art of Living, presents it.  But I will wind around on the way there. When I was a college freshman, I took a class in Psychology.  I … Continue reading

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The Art of Living-social relations

We continue to look at the Stoic philosopher, Epictetus, in Sharon Lebell’s new interpretation of his thought, The Art of Living. I have told this story before, but I am not sure whether I have on the blog.  When I … Continue reading

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The Art of Living-struggle and serenity

Here is a comparison between the same passage in a  literal translation and Lebell’s free translation: George Long: As to piety toward the Gods you must know that this is the chief thing, to have right opinions about them, to … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye

In spite of the diatribe against compassion that I just published, I was moved by Walter Russel Mead’s blog on the death of his mother.  I read Mead’s blog all the time. He keeps me up on much that does … Continue reading

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The Art of Living-Compassion

Among the criticisms of Stoicism I have seen is that one of the emotions it wants to suppress is compassion. From a certain perspective, compassion is always good and non-compassion is always hard-hearted and bad. But Stoics tend to say … Continue reading

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The Art of Living-Loss

The following is from The Art of Living, Sharon Lebell’s translation/interpretation of the Stoic philosopher, Epictetus: Nothing can truly be taken from us.  There is nothing to lose. Inner peace begins when you stop saying of things, ‘I have lost … Continue reading

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