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Essay sample - Analyze Epictetus Major Works: Discourses Enchiridion
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The World as Evil and The Weaknesses of People in Epictetus’ Discourses and Enchiridion (name) (subject) (professor) (date) The World as Evil and The Weaknesses of People in Epictetus’ Discourses and Enchiridion The 1st century Greek philosopher Epictetus is one of the ancient founders of stoicism, or the philosophical thought founded on the idea that men are disturbed not by the things that happen to them but by their opinion of these things…
In both the Discourses and the Enchiridion, Epictetus clearly implies that the world is indeed corrupt and that most people in it tend to do evil. According to Epictetus, “For the nature of man is not to endure to be deprived of the good, and not to endure the falling into the evil.”1 Man, for Epictetus, is born as one who cannot fight temptation. Man is therefore weak in terms of will. In fact, as Epictetus tells the reader what to do, he is trying to tell him that there is no other way to do good but for one to make decisions by himself and not to rely on anyone else. Epictetus thus implies that there is absolutely no one in this world who is spared from this tendency to falter in the face of evil. According to Epictetus, people are generally “indolent and negligent and sluggish.”2 People generally tend to evade duties and responsibilities not only in matters of physical labor but also in trying to cultivate reason. This claim, which Epictetus obviously derived from his observations of the Greeks, is also very much true nowadays. ...
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