Five dialogues on the Stoic philosophy of Epictetus

 

 

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Οὐ μὲν οὖν τῇ ἀληθείᾳ, φάναι, ὦ φιλούμενε Ἀγάθων, δύνασαι ἀντιλέγειν, ἐπεὶ Σωκράτει γε οὐδὲν χαλεπόν.

“No, it is Truth, my dear Agathon, that you cannot contradict; Socrates you easily may”
(Plato ‘Symposium’ 201D)

 

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things you must build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. This is what I did.

These five dialogues explain the philosophy of Epictetus in a discoursive and dramatic form, according to the model of Socrates' teaching.

Three people meet in a small Greek island and discuss the following topics:

'Dialogue' 4.B.1 : -The Proairesis-
Proairesis is a key concept in the phylosophy of Epictetus. Proairesis is shown to be the human reason as our only faculty capable of assuming an attitude according to Diairesis or in contrast with it (that is according to Counterdiairesis).

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'Dialogue' 4.B.2 : -Medea: Diairesis, Antidiairesis and the mysterious judge-
The well known story of Medea is told and analyzed in order to understand in depth the way that all human Proairesis work. It is shown that human Proairesis is home to:
1) a Superjudgement called Diairesis
2) a 'mysterious judge' which will later (in the fifth dialogue) shown to be a Superjudgement that can be called Counterdiairesis
3) a huge class of ordinary judgements that can be collected under the general name of Antidiairesis.

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'Dialogue' 4.B.3: -The Diairesis at work-
The dialogue shows that conscious human life is a continuous stream of Antidiairesis at the orders of either Diairesis or Counterdiairesis.

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'Dialogue' 4.B.4 : -The Stoic precept is not that of 'living according to nature' but that of 'living according to the nature of things'-
Living in accord with 'nature' means perfectly nothing, simply because it's impossible to live ‘against nature’. Instead, the dialogue shows that men can live in accord with the 'nature of things' or in contrast with it. It is shown that the nature of things exist, is invariant like the speed of light in Physics, and is valid for all human being without exception.

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'Dialogue' 4.B.5 : -Giges: Diairesis and Counterdiairesis, Good and Evil-
The story of Giges is told according to Herodotus and analyzed so as to show that 'good' and 'evil' indeed exist and what they are.

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