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Elzin 1 Fatima Elzin Regan J. Penaluna Philosophy 25 April 2010 Epictetus was another philosopher who aimed to define the steps that lead to happiness. The Handbook was not written by Epictetus, but rather compiled by his students. This book was written as a guide to reaching eudaimonia, or well-being. As a philosopher who studied stoicism, some believe that Epictetus’ belief on eudaimonia is to be void of attachments. Epictetus represents this belief greatly in Fragment 7 of The Handbook. Fragment 7 is proof that Epictetus believes that in order to reach eudaimonia, it is ok for humans to be attached to things, but they must be able to easily detach themselves. Throughout history, many argued whether or not Epictetus advocated the action of not developing any personal attachments. In Fragment 3 of The Handbook, Epictetus states: With regard to whatever objects either delight the mind, or contribute to use, or are tenderly beloved, remind yourself of what nature they are, beginning with the merest trifles: if you have a favorite cup, that it is but a cup of which you are fond, -- for thus, if it is broken, you can bear it; if you embrace your child, or your wife, that you embrace a mortal, -- and thus, if either of them dies, you can bear it.
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