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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Whole nuggets of half-truths
Always something to absorb from the classics
I would prefer to have both. The audio version is great for me as I learn more by hearing, but there are so many places in the book that should be looked at more in-depth that a print version would be great.
The solid truths that are still applicable today. It was refreshing and moving at times.
Jack Nolan did well. I feel that I would have enjoyed it more if there wasn't a constant preaching quality about the book, but it wasn't unbearable to listen to.
There were moments that this book made me take a look at myself and compare my motivations and desires. This was a moving book for me.
- debbye scroggins