Even amongst aretic thinkers as divergent as the Stoics and Epicureans, the linchpin to their philosophies is the pursuit of happiness. Where they differ is what happiness is, and hence the phronetic comportment to its achievement. Each in turn will speak to the virtues of the good life and their appropriation. Not at all unlike … More Disquieting Quietude
*This was first published in Philosophical Confessions, but seems more apropos to this new blog. So here I am attending to Epictetus’s Enchiridion and Nietzsche’s The Twilight of the Idols. Strangely I find solace in both these authors despite the contrariety of their underlying philosophies. Happiness, said Socrates, is the end of all human activity; no one … More Not for Reason’s Sake!
I begin my introduction to Epictetus with a little insightful humour! What better way to challenge the value-laden perspective that philosophical inquiry is heavy, jargon-loaded, inaccessible gibberish than to demonstrate the contrary! Be gone Aristophanes!!! In his Enchiridion, Epictetus says: “If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make … More Epictetus – You Talkin About Me?!!