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Meditations | Book Summaries


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Book Summary
Book 1 The opening section of Meditations serves as both an introduction to the philosophical and ethical orientations of the a... Read More
Book 2 Aurelius starts off with a fairly pessimistic statement that likely reflects the bulk of his interactions with military ... Read More
Book 3 Never one to waste time, Aurelius advises making the most of what is to be had in physical health and strength of mind i... Read More
Book 4 In Book 4 Aurelius speculates on the type of sanctuary that best supports the individual self. He advocates against vain... Read More
Book 5 This section begins with outlining the relationship between labor and rest. Just as it is necessary to allocate sufficie... Read More
Book 6 The opening statement in Book 6 suggests that the perfection of the universe unfolds over time and holds no evil or mali... Read More
Book 7 In this book Aurelius gets down to the "brass tacks" of philosophical discussion and its application to the struggles of... Read More
Book 8 Book 8 begins with Aurelius attempting to identify his reasons for feeling disturbed by external impressions, and findin... Read More
Book 9 Aurelius says the wise adopt a policy of neutrality that can exist only between the opposites of pain and pleasure. Th... Read More
Book 10 In Book 10 Aurelius first reminds himself to be attentively aware of the distinctions between the needs of his soul, whi... Read More
Book 11 Aurelius continues his discussion on the relativity of body and soul in Book 11, but shifts his perspective toward reali... Read More
Book 12 In Book 12 Aurelius returns to the idea that the best course of action in time and space is to remember death can come a... Read More
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