THE DISCOURSES

by

Epictetus

101 AD

Translated by George Long

CHAPTER  

BOOK 1

1 Of the things which are in our Power, and not in our Power
2 How a Man on every occasion can maintain his Proper Character
3 How a man should proceed from the principle of God being the father of all men to the rest
4 Of progress or improvement
5 Against the academics
6 Of providence
7 Of the use of sophistical arguments, and hypothetical, and the like
8 That the faculties are not safe to the uninstructed
9 How from the fact that we are akin to God a man may proceed to the consequences
10 Against those who eagerly seek preferment at Rome
11 Of natural affection
12 Of contentment
13 How everything may he done acceptably to the gods
14 That the deity oversees all things
15 What philosophy promises
16 Of providence
17 That the logical art is necessary
18 That we ought not to he angry with the errors of others
19 How we should behave to tyrants
20 About reason, how it contemplates itself
21 Against those who wish to be admired
22 On precognitions
23 Against Epicurus
24 How we should struggle with circumstances
25 On the same
26 What is the law of life
27 In how many ways appearances exist, and what aids we should provide against them
28 That we ought not to he angry with men; and what are the small and the great things among men
29 On constancy
30 What we ought to have ready in difficult circumstances

BOOK 2

1 That confidence is not inconsistent with caution
2 Of Tranquillity
3 To those who recommend persons to philosophers
4 Against a person who had once been detected in adultery
5 How magnanimity is consistent with care
6 Of indifference
7 How we ought to use divination
8 What is the nature of the good
9 That when we cannot fulfill that which the character of a man promises, we assume the character of a philosopher
10 How we may discover the duties of life from names
11 What the beginning of philosophy is
12 Of disputation or discussion
13 On anxiety
14 To Naso
15 To or against those who obstinately persist in what they have determined
16 That we do not strive to use our opinions about good and evil
17 How we must adapt preconceptions to particular cases
18 How we should struggle against appearances
19 Against those who embrace, philosophical opinions only in words
20 Against the Epicureans and Academics
21 Of inconsistency
22 On friendship
23 On the power of speaking
24 To a person who was one of those who was not valued by him
25 That logic is necessary
26 What is the property of error

BOOK 3

1 Of finery in dress
2 In what a man ought to be exercised who has made proficiency; and that we neglect the chief things
3 What is the matter on which a good man should he employed, and in what we ought chiefly to practice ourselves
4 Against a person who showed his partisanship in an unseemly way in a theatre
5 Against those who on account of sickness go away home
6 Miscellaneous
7 To the administrator of the free cities who was an Epicurean
8 How we must exercise ourselves against appearances
9 To a certain rhetorician who was going up to Rome on a suit
10 In what manner we ought to bear sickness
11 Certain miscellaneous matters
12 About exercise
13 What solitude is, and what kind of person a solitary man is
14 Certain miscellaneous matters
15 That we ought to proceed with circumspection to everything
16 That we ought with caution to enter, into familiar intercourse with men
17 On providence
18 That we ought not to be disturbed by any news
19 What is the condition of a common kind of man and of a philosopher
20 That we can derive advantage from all external things
21 Against those who readily come to the profession of sophists
22 About cynicism
23 To those who read and discuss for the sake of ostentation
24 That we ought not to be moved by a desire of those things which are not in our power
25 To those who fall off from their purpose
26 To those who fear want

BOOK 4

1 About freedom
2 On familiar intimacy
3 What things we should exchange for other things
4 To those who are desirous of passing life in tranquility
5 Against the quarrelsome and ferocious
6 Against those who lament over being pitied
7 On freedom from fear
8 Against those who hastily rush into the use of the philosophic dress
9 To a person who had been changed to a character of shamelessness
10 What things we ought to despise, and what things we ought to value
11 About Purity
12 On attention
13 Against or to those who readily tell their own affairs


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