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Alle teksten en tekstfragmenten van de Griekse filosoof (ca. 50-ca. 138 na Chr.), met een inleiding over het denken van de Stoa.
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Tony
Mar 05, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
THE MORAL DISCOURSES. (?). Epictetus. ****.
This was the translation by Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, and also included The Enchiridion and various Fragments, as published by Everyman’s Library in 1910 and later reprinted in 1913. This translation was the benchmark for this work for the longest time. Since then there have been many more accessible translations using contemporary language. Aside from that, I have to start off by telling you that this is a browsing book. Each discourse stands on its own,
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Mike W
Dec 16, 2012 Mike W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stoicism offers a guide to happiness and serenity in life, and Epictetus was, perhaps, the greatest Stoic philosopher. First and foremost, Epictetus was a deeply religious man. He was convinced that God created the world according to Reason, and that human beings, in so far as we have the gift of rational thought, can attain happiness by living according to our own nature--which meant for Epictetus according to reason.

But what does it mean to live "according to nature" or reason? For Epictetus,
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Diocletian
Comparing ancient and modern philosophy is always an interesting thing to do. Ancient philosophy seems to have been much more practical and applied; something that everyone could take part in, instead of being relegated to experts in the field. It was not there to argue about everything in existence (well, except for the Skeptics) but was instead meant to teach you how to live your life to the fullest. In ancient philosophy, a lot was taken for granted that would never be done so today; such as ...more
Eric Eisberg
Oct 21, 2014 Eric Eisberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, classics
Epictetus is one of the great spiritual minds of human history. His ideas are very similar to Buddhist ones, promoting a doctrine of nonattachment, acting morally and living simply. He differs in a few key ways, however. Like all Stoics, he imagines that death is the end of our consciousness in a very permanent way. He also stresses that our actions, if anything, are the only things in our power and that we should simply accept changes of fortune by learning not to desire anything but our own vi ...more
Marc-André
Mar 28, 2016 Marc-André rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phil
J'ai recommandé chaudement la lecture d'Épictète à mon entourage après en avoir moi-même consulté les discours. Quoi que le principe en soit au mieux difficilement applicable, il est très simple, en apparence du moins, et sa pratique ne peut qu'être bénéfique. Ce principe, sous-jacent à tous les discours, c'est : cultives seulement ce qui dépend de toi. Ces choses qui peuvent être dites dépendre purement de nous, en tant que nous sommes des Hommes, sont bien peu nombreuse pour Épictète, et risqu ...more
Jake
Mar 14, 2008 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the last book I read before going to Basic last year, and I really think it contributed a lot to how much I learned about myself during my training stint.

Also, [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_St... Admiral James Stockdale[/url] credited this work with helping him through seven and a half years of torture by the Viet Cong. I think that alone says more than I would be able to.

I guess Epictetus' main thesis is simply this (and the course of the book is spent fleshing this out): th
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Federico Trejos
Jul 03, 2013 Federico Trejos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vitalis, uprising
Epictetus is a genius of the ancients, a man whose moral and ethical thought and pathos have the golden mean in mind. The whole idea and notion of balance, ressponsability, dutifulness, and a sense of following, liberally determined, the values one believes at any cost. The stoics were definitely the first existentialists, along with the Bible (for me a great existentialist text) with some elements of severity, extreme measures, principle, radicalism of the cynics, without the irreverence, more ...more
Richard
Jun 28, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-non-fiction
Epictetus wasn’t an easy read for me. If I was new to the Stoics, I probably would have abandoned his Discourses immediately, which would have been a crying shame.

One of the obstacles is that this isn’t a book in the conventional sense. It’s made up of notes scribbled down by a student, which means it is unstructured, fragmented, and at times repetitive. It’s almost essential to have some background knowledge of what is being discussed, so I’d recommend reading Marcus Aurelius and/or Seneca firs
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Jerzy
Jun 07, 2015 Jerzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
[I've only read a few parts of this so far. It was in a different edition, translated by George Long, which I don't see on Goodreads.]

I.1: I must die. Must I then die lamenting? I must be put in chains. Must I then also lament? I must go into exile. Does any man then hinder me from going with smiles and cheerfulness and contentment?

I.1: I must die. If now, I am ready to die. If after a short time, I now dine because it is the dinner-hour; after this I will then die.
[So, no need to rush to death.
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Bill Pfister
This one I go back to every few years...
T
Sep 04, 2015 T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
new fave book
Mark
Nov 25, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I had read the Meditations, but I was unfamiliar with this. Sadly, we have nothing directly from a Stoic philosopher, just the comments and notes of others. Stoicism, at least as I hear about it from the Roman sources, sometimes seems like cowboy etiquette ("Don't scream out when they cut for the bullet"), and there is considerable advice here about such topics as whether it would be better to be castrated or killed when the emperor demands it. In fact, I don't think any real answer is given, it ...more
Brian Denton
Nov 06, 2015 Brian Denton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an extended variation on the stoic philosophy of Epictetus best captured by this passage from the first entry of his Handbook:

“Some things are up to us and others are not. Up to us are opinion, impulse, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is our own action. Not up to us are body, property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not our own action. The things that are up to us are by nature free, unhindered and unimpeded; but those that are not up to us are weak, serv
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Olivier Goetgeluck
I don't add to my troubles.

Our emotional responses to upsetting actions - not the actions themselves - are what create anxiety and depression; and that our emotional responses are products of our judgements - are in fact (irrational) judgements tout court:
'Much of what we call emotion is nothing more nor less than a certain kind - a biased, prejudiced, or strongly evaluative kind - of thought. What we call feelings almost always have a pronounced evaluating or appraisal element.

Talk to yourself,
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JP
May 18, 2013 JP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written during the first century A.D., Arrianus wrote the words of Epictetus in the style in which they were delivered in speech. To provide a synoposis of the explanation given in this book (from the Modern Library), Stoicism was founded by Zeno in taking from Plato the value of self-sufficiency. If the universe is self-sufficient, dualism would not be possible and so monism must be. And that implies that everything is good and natural. Ironically, the efficient workings of the self-sufficient ...more
Antonio Baclig
Dec 06, 2010 Antonio Baclig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Repetitive, often ranting, written (spoken, actually--written down by a disciple) with certainty, Epictetus's works can be summed up by a sentence or two: "Some things are up to us and others are not. Up to us are opinion, impulse, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is our own action. Not up to us are body, property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not our own action."

So don't worry about the "externals" that are out of your control, what most people spend so much energy
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Raul Mazilu
Feb 22, 2015 Raul Mazilu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps more actual than ever, Epictetus' speech decries the attachment to material goods. Instead, Epictetus proposes a life of freedom and independence.

Were it a self-help book, it would probably bear the title "How to eliminate the pressure you willingly impose on yourself when you attach undue value to that which, in reality, is dependent on external factors".

The short sketches, set against a background of everyday Greek life, offer practical advice. In a manner similar to Viktor Frankl and
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Graham
Feb 22, 2016 Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neither as artful nor as concise as Aurelius, and he begins to repeat himself rather tediously later on. Several bits of profundity nevertheless, and his sense of humor is unexpected and appreciated. The Handbook on its own would merit a solid five stars.
Kyle Bunkers
Sep 19, 2016 Kyle Bunkers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
An interesting read. There's a lot to think about. I found a lot of wisdom and common sense. If you find Stoic tranquility to be something worthy pursuing, definitely a good book to read. It has some datedness to some material, though.
Stewartw22
Sep 18, 2012 Stewartw22 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: st-john-s
Read: Discourses I 29; II 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 18, 22, 26; III 5, 12, 13, 15, 18; IV 2, and Handbook 1-27.

Edition has introduction to the histo-political world of Epictetus, a biography, and a rough overview of Hellenistic philosophy (read: Epicureanism/Stoicism etc.). Additionally, some Stoic vocabulary at the end along with some modern interpretations/criticism of his work - focused mostly on his Discourses.

The Discourses can be tedious and repetitive at times to read given the discou
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Boris Belousov
Dec 15, 2015 Boris Belousov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical philosophy for every day. It is like christianity, but without fables. If there is one book to be read,, this is the one.
Johnny Saldana
May 20, 2014 Johnny Saldana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Offers a beautiful and profound insight into classic stoic philosophy.
Clayton Perdue
Feb 07, 2016 Clayton Perdue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, it's more or less a rundown of the stoic philosophy, that is to do one's best in what is in one's own control and to not show undue emotion to what one cannot control. A fairly breezy read, though Epictetus likes to repeat himself throughout. Among these repetitions, however, are many surprising insights. This book has an advantage over the Meditations, in that the former work is more like a diary, a work written to oneself, whereas the Discourses is very much ...more
Paul Alex
Nov 04, 2014 Paul Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like Marcuse Aurelius Meditations go for this one
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Walking epiphany.
Yognik Baghel
Mar 20, 2015 Yognik Baghel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated, psyche
I am fond of certain stoic principles which Epictetus mentions in Enchiridion - regarding self-mastery, controlling desires (not branding them evil as say Gandhi would do), being unemotional and controlling oneself from getting perturbed by external sources which lie outside one's control. However most other tenants, I dislike as I sense an element of fatalism and passiveness in them. But still a quick and pithy read, I'd say... Do check out this master work of one of the most famous stoics...
Xavier
Nov 06, 2014 Xavier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-non-fiction
"Come, then, Epictetus, shave yourself." "If I am a philosopher," I answer, "I will not shave myself." "But I will take off your head?" If that will do you any good, take it off.

This is just a sample of the kind of thing you'll find within an hour of reading this book.

It's a bit less accessible than the Enchiridion. Which does make it slightly more fun to reread.
It is part of the Stoic tradition that lasted a thousand years. Put simply, a must read.
Kieran Jones
Apr 07, 2016 Kieran Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love me some good ol' stoic philosophy. I read this as a result of reading Good to Great, of business canon. I loved it and do see the applicability. It's a good reminder that you need to read outside of your sphere to gain depth and perspective on your subject.
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Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was probably born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his exile to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece, where he lived most of his life and died. His teachings were noted down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses. Philosophy, he taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. ...more
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“Τίς εἶναι θέλεις, σαυτῷ πρῶτον εἰπέ: εἶθ' οὕτως ποίει ἃ ποιεῖς. (First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.)” 177 likes
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