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From Vol. 3, Issue 5, May 2021

Epictetus: The Complete Works

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Stoic Foundations is an excellent place to start your Stoic journey. Stoic Foundations explains the foundational principles of Stoicism and revolves around 10 themesthat arefundamental to Stoicism. These are:

1.Concern yourself with only what is in your power; 2. Becontent to let things happen asthey do; 3.Your thinking, not the externals, drives your behaviour; 4.Do not placevalue on external things; 5. Evaluateyour first impressions using reason; 6. Don’t give in to your angeror animal instincts; 7. You canhandle anything; always act your best; 8.Learn to think properly and logically; 9.Practice,not knowledge, results in progress;10.Only you can make you happy.


Stoic Choices is anindispensable guide to making decisions when wearefacedwith conflicting choices: It provides clearanswers to question suchas:What should you actupon: External things or internal things? When should you choose to beconfident and when to becautious in making decisions? What should you protect: Your inherent qualities or qualities that are not inherent to you?Is there a choice between knowledge and action? Is there achoice betweenknowledge and anxiety? Should you study logic? Why? Should you choose to be faithful? What should you do to fight falseimpressions?


The aim of Stoic training is to make you an excellent person. Stoic training consists of three disciplines: desire,action, and assent. You need to train your mind to be concerned only with the choices you make and to be ready deal with whatever the future may bring. It is not necessaryfor you to be ascetic. All you need to do is see things asthey are without adding your judgments to things, people, and events. It is your faulty judgments that are the root causeof 100%of your problems. The aim of Stoic training is your happiness, your ability to be at home wherever you are doing whatever you are doing.


In Stoic Freedom, Epictetus is at his best. He shows us how to achieve freedom – how to be free irrespective of what happens to us. In these brilliant discourses,Epictetus showsus how to be free and what a free person looks like. Who is a free person? According to Epictetus a free person is patient, pure, and steadfast. Such a person is not envious or anxious, and is not in conflict with anyone.If you want to be truly free, this book offers some powerful waysof achieving freedom.


Stoic Inspirations is the fifth book in the Stoicism in Plain English series and completes the works of Epictetus. It contains Epictetus’ sayings (Fragments) someof which are not found in Discourses,a concise summary of Epictetus’ teachings (Enchiridion) by Flavius Arrian, inspirational extracts (Golden Sayings)from Epictetus’ works by Hastings Crossley, and a biography of Epictetus.