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Short Description for Enchiridion A first-century Stoic, Epictetus argued that we will always be happy if we learn to desire that things should be exactly as they are. His "Enchiridion "distills his teachings to illuminate a way to a tranquil life.
- Published: 26 March 2004
- Format: Paperback 64 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780486433592 ISBN 10: 0486433595
- Sales rank: 31,583
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Although he was born into slavery and endured a permanent physical disability, Epictetus (ca. 50-ca. 130 AD) maintained that all people are free to control their lives and to live in harmony with nature. We will always be happy, he argued, if we learn to desire that things should be exactly as they are. After attaining his freedom, Epictetus spent his entire career teaching philosophy and advising a daily regimen of self-examination. His pupil Arrianus later collected and published the master's lecture notes; the "Enchiridion, "or Manual, is a distillation of Epictetus' teachings and an instructional manual for a tranquil life. Full of practical advice, this work offers guidelines for those seeking contentment as well as for those who have already made some progress in that direction. Translated by George Long.