February 11 - -Epictetus Paper#2 have a thesis and argue for it in the paper When bad things happen no use in asking why(like when a smart/good

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2/13/2008-Epictetus Paper #2: have a thesis and argue for it in the paper When bad things happen, no use in asking why. (like when a smart/good person dies for no reason) There’s nothing you can do about it Lesson: you have to align your life in a certain way Epictetus is about how to lead your life- a lay religion (stoicism) Stoicism was a reminder of the shortness of life Stoicism competed with Christianity back in the day Epictetus said don’t cry for things after they’ve happened, don’t be surprised when things happen, don’t try to do something that is beyond you. Kiss your wife as someone who will die Have to have a sense of realism about life Hopes in relation to the true image of yourself is okay to the stoic, but hopes that are misleading are not good because you set unrealistic, unattainable results, which lead to disappointment and bitterness, which the stoic wants to avoid Disappointment and bitterness are inevitable if we live a lie How do you get a realistic self-image? You tell yourself the bad news. Then you quit
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Lachs during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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February 11 - -Epictetus Paper#2 have a thesis and argue for it in the paper When bad things happen no use in asking why(like when a smart/good

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