China's Neo Kinship Society

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1 China’s Neo-Kinship Society
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2 Outline 1) Epictetus: Roman philosophy of Empire (conclusion) 2) The Fall of the Roman Empire Weakness of Roman law 3) China: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of the Chinese Empire Strength Confucian bureaucracy and its family- based philosophy
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3 How to be free Whoever, therefore, wants to be free, let him neither wish for anything, nor avoid anything, that is under the control of others; or else he is necessarily a slave. # 14 Story of Epictetus and his master
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4 Adapting to the loss of practical freedom Roman history and freedom 1) Struggle for practical freedom 2) Loss of practical freedom 3) Stoicism: we can still be (truly) free! True freedom is controlling your mind = Stoicism as philosophy of people who have lost their practical freedom to control their lives but still believe in freedom
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5 Accept your role in life “Remember that you are an actor in a play, the character of which is determined by the Playwright; if He wishes the play to be short, it is short; if long, it is long; if He wishes you to play the part of a beggar, remember to act even this role adroitly; and so if your role be that of a cripple, an official, or a layman. For this is your business, to play admirably the role assigned you; but the selection of that role is Another’s.” # 17
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6 The world is in good order “In piety towards the gods, I would have you know, the chief element is this, to have right opinions about them, as existing and as administering the universe well and justly—and to have set yourself to obey them and to submit to everything that happens, and to follow it voluntarily, in the belief that it is being fulfilled by the highest intelligence.” #31
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7 Is Socrates a Model Stoic? See Epictetus #53: “Well, O Crito, if so it is pleasing to the gods, so let it be.” “Anytus and Meletus can kill me, but they cannot hurt me.” Was Socrates really a Stoic? Did he teach that external material goods and
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