The Enchiridion of Epictetus

  • by Epictetus
  • Narrated by Jack Nolan
  • 1 hrs and 1 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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Whole nuggets of half-truths

Stoicism as a philosophy is a dead end. This is not to say that there is nothing to be gained from interacting with the stoic philosophers. Just keep you eyes open and follow the ideas to their ultimate ends. When they encourage you to no pronounce moral judgments on another, see how this undermines the whole idea of an objective morality.

"Do not say, 'He drinks badly' but rather 'He drinks many drinks'.

How does this not translate to, "Do not say, 'Hitler was evil' but rather, 'Hitler killed a lot of Jews'."?

The narrator did a great job. The introduction was less than helpful, I thought, but I appreciate it whenever someone goes through the work to record these ancient texts for our modern listening enjoyment.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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- Adam

Always something to absorb from the classics

Would you consider the audio edition of The Enchiridion of Epictetus to be better than the print version?

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.


What did you like best about this story?

The solid truths that are still applicable today. It was refreshing and moving at times.


What about Jack Nolan’s performance did you like?

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.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.


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- debbye scroggins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Stoic Mind Audio