The Stoic Handbook of Epictetus

Online slideshow of Epictetus’ Stoic Handbook, created using the Microsoft Powerpoint Web App.

Below is a short embedded slideshow of Epictetus’ Stoic Handbook, created using the MS-Powerpoint Web App. Use the controls underneath to navigate through the slides, export to a PDF file, or expand it for full-screen viewing…

Podcast: John Sellars on 'Freedom and Indifference in Marcus Aurelius'

You can listen here to an audio recording of a lecture John Sellars gave on Marcus Aurelius at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

In his talk, John attempts ‘…to rescue Marcus Aurelius from the charge of rationalization made against the late Stoics by Isaiah Berlin, Bernard Williams, David Zimmerman, and others. Marcus’s retreat into his inner citadel is not a defensive response to unwelcome external circumstances but rather a reflection of his commitment to the central claims of Stoic value theory.’

Full chapter from Keith Seddon's Stoic Serenity on 'What is in Our Power'

Our five part special series which encouraged readers to explore Epictetus’ key maxim ‘what is in our power and what is not’ has just ended. It might now be handy to have a PDF of the whole chapter, which is uploaded here.

What is in Our Power, Part Five: An Exploratory Course by Keith Seddon

In our final part of our special series from Keith Seddon’s course Stoic Serenity, you can engage in two exercises to reflect on how you have applied and can apply Epictetus’ advice on what is in your power and what is not to your life.

Click below for the exercises! If you can, take 15 minutes to go through the exercises and please post below your reflections on this key Stoic maxim, and write about your overall thoughts on Epictetus’ approach. Is ‘knowing what is in our power and what is not’ at the core of Stoic philosophical practice?

What is in Our Power, Part Five

Epictetus 

More about Keith Seddon & Stoic Serenity: Keith Seddon is director of the MA and PhD programmes in Ancient Philosophy at Warnborough College, Ireland. He is a freelance academic and writer, who started the ‘Stoic Foundation’ in 2000, an educational trust, offering advice, support and a correspondence course (on which his book Stoic Serenity, from which our extract is taken, is based) in practical Stoic philosophy to anyone interested in taking up Stoicism as a philosophy to live by. Our thanks go to Keith for allowing his work to be reproduced on this blog.

What is in Our Power, Part Four: An Exploratory Course by Keith Seddon

In Part Four (of Five) of our series in which Keith Seddon explores the key Stoic theme of what is in our power and what is not, Keith discusses how it is that a Stoic can act wisely once he or she understands what is in his power. This is called the ‘reservation clause’.

Click below to find out more! If you can, take 15 minutes to go through the exercises and please post below your reflections on this key Stoic maxim!

What is in Our Power, Part Four

Part Five will be posted on Saturday.

More about Keith Seddon & Stoic Serenity: Keith Seddon is director of the MA and PhD programmes in Ancient Philosophy at Warnborough College, Ireland. He is a freelance academic and writer, who started the ‘Stoic Foundation’ in 2000, an educational trust, offering advice, support and a correspondence course (on which his book Stoic Serenity, from which our extract is taken, is based) in practical Stoic philosophy to anyone interested in taking up Stoicism as a philosophy to live by. Our thanks go to Keith for allowing his work to be reproduced on this blog.

What is in Our Power, Part Three: An Exploratory Course, by Keith Seddon

In part three of our series from Keith Seddon’s book Stoic Serenity, exploring the core theme in Stoicism of ‘what is in our power and what is not’, you can further reflect on the theme in further exercises as to how this applies to your life.

So click below to read more! If you can, take 15 minutes to go through the exercises and please post below your reflections on this key Stoic maxim!

What is in Our Power, Part Three

Part four will be uploaded on Thursday.

 

More about Keith Seddon & Stoic Serenity: Keith Seddon is director of the MA and PhD programmes in Ancient Philosophy at Warnborough College, Ireland. He is a freelance academic and writer, who started the ‘Stoic Foundation’ in 2000, an educational trust, offering advice, support and a correspondence course (on which his book Stoic Serenity, from which our extract is taken, is based) in practical Stoic philosophy to anyone interested in taking up Stoicism as a philosophy to live by. Our thanks go to Keith for allowing his work to be reproduced on this blog.

What is in our Power and What is Not, Part One: An Exploratory Course, by Keith Seddon

In our first excerpt, Keith Seddon discusses the background to the core Stoic idea of the importance of understanding what is in our power and what is notwhich was at the heart, in particular, of Epictetus’ whole teaching programme. Within the maxim, there is considerable depth, much more than a first glance might suggest….

So click here to read part one! Tomorrow, part two will be uploaded, which will explore key passages that discuss the theme in depth, as well as an exercise to try.

Please post below your reflections on this key Stoic maxim!

What is in Our Power: Part One

Epictetus

More about Keith Seddon & Stoic Serenity: Keith Seddon is director of the MA and PhD programmes in Ancient Philosophy at Warnborough College, Ireland. He is a freelance academic and writer, who started the ‘Stoic Foundation’ in 2000, an educational trust, offering advice, support and a correspondence course (on which his book Stoic Serenity, from which our extract is taken, is based) in practical Stoic philosophy to anyone interested in taking up Stoicism as a philosophy to live by. Our thanks go to Keith for allowing his work to be reproduced on this blog.