Manual for Living

  • by Epictetus
  • Narrated by Austin Vanfleet
  • 0 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The little book by Epictetus called Enchiridion or "manual" has played a disproportionately large role in the rise of modern attitudes and modern philosophy. As soon as it had been translated into the vernacular languages, it became a best-seller among independent intellectuals, among anti-Christian thinkers, and among philosophers of a subjective cast. Montaigne had a copy of the Enchiridion among his books. Pascal violently rejected the megalomaniac pride of the Stoic philosopher. Frederick the Great carried the book with him on all campaigns. It was a source of inspiration and encouragement to Anthony, Earl of Shaftesbury, in the serious illness which ended only in his death; many pages of his diaries contain passages copied from the Enchiridion. It has been studied and widely quoted by Scottish philosophers like Francis Hutcheson, Adam Smith, and Adam Ferguson who valued stoic moral philosophy for its reconciliation of social dependency and personal independence.


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Essential reflections for a good life.

What made the experience of listening to Manual for Living the most enjoyable?

Each section in this book is filled with knowledge, so it's enjoyable as a whole, not bad parts about it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not aplicable, only 1 character.

Which character – as performed by Austin Vanfleet – was your favorite?

Not aplicable, only 1 character. But I liked Austin perfomance, quite solid I would say.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The first section of the book is an advice that everybody in the world should read, it's the root of most anxiety issues.

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- Jerônimo Medina Madruga

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2017
  • Publisher: Deity Audio