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A response to Epictetus

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Those who fail to gain what they desire, states Epictetus, are "bound to be unfortunate"(2). Secondly, those things that we desire that are in fact up to us are not worthy of being desired. As Epictetus says, " none of the things that are up to us, which it would be good to desire, will be available to you"(2)...
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Thirdly, desire is external to one's true self, and the ideal Stoic should only be predominantly concerned with the ruling principle of one's soul. We have just seen how Epictetus would argue that, overall, it is best not to love at all. However, the analysis of the original proposal is directly dependent with respect to the point in time at which it is being considered...
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