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The Discources

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Title: The Discources  
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Of the things which are in our Power, and not in our Power Of all the faculties, you will find not one which is capable of contemplating itself; and, consequently, not capable either of approving or disapproving. How far does the grammatic art possess the contemplating power? As far as forming a judgement about what is written and spoken. And how far music? As far as judging about melody. Does either of them then contemplate itself? By no means. But when you must write something to your friend, grammar will tell you what words you must write; but whether you should write or not, grammar will not tell you. And so it is with music as to musical sounds; but whether you should sing at the present time and play on the lute, or do neither, music will not tell you. What faculty then will tell you? That which contemplates both itself and all other things. And what is this faculty? The rational faculty; for this is the only faculty that we have received which examines itself, what it is, and what power it has, and what is the value of this gift, and examines all other faculties: for what else is there which tells us that golden things are beautiful, for they do not say so themselves? Evidently it is the faculty which is capable of judging of appearances. What else judges of music, grammar, and other faculties, proves their uses and points out the occasions for using them? Nothing else.

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Table of Contents: The Discources, 1 -- Epictetus, 1 -- BOOK ONE, 3 -- Chapter 1. Of the things which are in our Power, and not in our Power, 3 -- Chapter 2. How a Man on every occasion can maintain his Proper Character, 4 -- Chapter 3. How a man should proceed from the principle of God being the father of all men to the rest -- Chapter 4. Of progress or improvement, 6 -- Chapter 5. Against the academics, 8 -- Chapter 6. Of providence, 8 -- Chapter 7. Of the use of sophistical arguments, and hypothetical, and the like, 10 -- Chapter 8. That the faculties are not safe to the uninstructed, 11 -- Chapter 9. How from the fAct that we are akin to God a man may proceed to the consequences, 12 -- Chapter 10. Against those who eagerly seek preferment at Rome, 14 -- Chapter 11. Of natural affection, 14 -- Chapter 12. Of contentment, 16 -- Chapter 13. How everything may he done acceptably to the gods, 17 -- Chapter 14. That the deity oversees all things, 18 -- Chapter 15. What philosophy promises, 18 -- Chapter 16. Of providence, 19 -- Chapter 17. That the logical art is necessary, 20 -- Chapter 18. That we ought not to he angry with the errors of others, 21 -- Chapter 19. How we should behave to tyrants, 22 -- Chapter 20. About reason, how it contemplates itself, 23 -- Chapter 21. Against those who wish to be admired, 24 -- Chapter 22. On precognitions, 24 -- Chapter 23. Against Epicurus, 25 -- Chapter 24. How we should struggle with circumstances, 25 -- Chapter 25. On the same, 26 -- Chapter 26. What is the law of life, 27 -- Chapter 27. In how many ways appearances exist, and what aids we should provide against them8 -- Chapter 28. That we ought not to he angry with men; and what are the small and the great things 9among men -- Chapter 29. On constancy, 31 -- Chapter 30. What we ought to have ready in difficult circumstances, 34 -- BOOK TWO, 34 -- Chapter 1. That confidence is not inconsistent with caution, 34 -- Chapter 2. Of Tranquillity, 36 -- Chapter 3. To those who recommend persons to philosophers, 37 -- Chapter 4. Against a person who had once been detected in adultery, 37 -- Chapter 5. How magnanimity is consistent with care, 38 -- Chapter 6. Of indifference, 39 -- Chapter 7. How we ought to use divination, 40 -- Chapter 8. What is the nature of the good, 41 -- Chapter 9. That when we cannot fulfill that which the character of a man promises, we assume th2e character Chapter 10. How we may discover the duties of life from names, 43 -- Chapter 11. What the beginning of philosophy is, 45 -- Chapter 12. Of disputation or discussion, 46 -- Chapter 13. On anxiety, 47


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