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Published: 09 February 2008

280 Pages

ISBN: 9780199235995

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Epictetus: Discourses, Book 1

Robert F. Dobbin

Clarendon Later Ancient Philosophers

Robert Dobbin presents a new translation into clear modern English of the first book of Epictetus' Discourses, accompanied by the first ever commentary on the work in English. The Discourses, composed around AD 100, are a key source for ancient Stoicism, one of the most influential schools of thought in Western philosophy. The first book is philosophically the richest: it focuses primarily on ethics and moral psychology, but also touches on issues of logic, epistemology, science, and rhetoric; other notable schools of ancient thought, including Epicureans, Sceptics, and Cynics, are discussed. Dobbin's general introduction gives background information about Epictetus' life and work; his bibliography surveys the literature. The volume serves as a guide to Epictetus' thought as a whole.