The Art of Living-on sex and amusements


Here is another of my reflections on Sharon Lebell’s free translation of the Stoic philosoopher, Epictetus, The Art of Living. The quotes below seem to be from pages 56-58 of the print edition.  I am reading it in Kindle format.

Some of Epictetus’s advice seems traditionalist and conservative.  “Avoid most popular entertainment.”  “Avoid casual sex.”  This advise seems rooted, however, in wisdom rather than some kind of fiat morality.  In this way it is similar to the Hebrew book of Proverbs.  If you want to flourish, then this is how you should behave.  

One should particularly note the following part of his challenge to avoid casual sex: “If, however, you know someone who has had casual sex, don’t self-righteously try to win them over to your own views.”  This is part of the Stoic notion that you have to accept reality.  You can not impose what makes sense…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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