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April 5, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Behave Like You Are Related To God (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English 1.9)

Because we are children of god, we should stop identifying with a small place, and think of ourselves as a citizen of the universe.

April 1, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Distinguish the important from the incidental (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English 1.8)

Training in logic helps us spot incorrect and incomplete arguments, so we are not misled. Therefore, we need to train ourselves in logic.

March 29, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Deal with arguments the logical way (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English 1.7)

We can easily be deceived by arguments involving questions and Arguments have a bearing on the way we should behave

March 25, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Don’t complain; you have no reason to (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English 1.6)

The universe is well organized and everything is well co-ordinated. From this we can infer there must be a creator who created all this.

March 22, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Beware of rigid thinking (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English 1.5)

Discourses is a collection of Epictetus’ conversations with his students and visitors, as recorded by his student Flavius Arrian. Discourses forms an excellent introduction to Stoicism and, in this series, The Stoic Gym presents Epictetus’ Discourses in plain English.

March 19, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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How to know that you are making progress (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English 1.4)

Discourses is a collection of Epictetus’ conversations with his students and visitors, as recorded by his student Flavius Arrian. Discourses forms an excellent introduction to Stoicism and, in this series, The Stoic Gym presents Epictetus’ Discourses in plain English.

March 18, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Don’t become a treacherous animal (Epictetus Discourses in Plain English 1.3)

Discourses is a collection of Epictetus’ conversations with his students and visitors, as recorded by his student Flavius Arrian. Discourses forms an excellent introduction to Stoicism and, in this series, The Stoic Gym presents Epictetus’ Discourses in plain English.

March 15, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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You can endure anything; act your best. (Discourses in Plain English I.2.)

Discourses is a collection of Epictetus’ conversations with his students and visitors, as recorded by his student Flavius Arrian. Discourses forms an excellent introduction to Stoicism and, in this series, The Stoic Gym presents Epictetus’ Discourses in plain English.

March 10, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Understand what is in your power (Discourses in Plain English I.1.)

Discourses is a collection of Epictetus’ conversations with his students and visitors, as recorded by his student Flavius Arrian. Discourses forms an excellent introduction to Stoicism and, in this series, The Stoic Gym presents Epictetus’ Discourses in plain English.

March 8, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Training to be a philosopher

[In this discourse, Epictetus presents an idealized version of a philosopher, in the context of a student expressing an interest in Cynicism, which provided inspiration for Stoicism. Although the descriptions refer to a Cynic philosopher, it would apply equally to a Stoic philosopher.]