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The Ethics of the Stoic Epictetus

An English Translation, Revised Edition


William O. Stephens

This text remains the only English translation of Bonhöffer’s classic, definitive examination of Epictetus’s ethics. Thorough, knowledgeable, perceptive, and accessible, the unity of this book and its thematic presentation make it an invaluable resource for both scholars and general readers eager to apply Stoic thinking in their daily lives. The translation is crisp, clear, consistent, and very readable. Careful attention to the details and nuances of the German as well as the Greek of Epictetus make this an excellent achievement. This new edition includes a useful biography of Bonhöffer, a new overview of the last twenty years of scholarship on Epictetus, and an extensive bibliography. It is essential reading for students taking courses on ancient Hellenistic or Roman philosophy, their instructors, and any non-academics who want to learn Stoicism.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Bonhöffer, Adolf Friedrich, 1859–1919, author. |

Stephens, William O., translator.

Title: The ethics of the stoic Epictetus: an English translation / William O. Stephens.

Description: Revised edition. | New York: Peter Lang, 2021.

Series: Revisioning philosophy; v. 2 | ISSN 0899-9937

Includes index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2020025827 (print) | LCCN 2020025828 (ebook)

ISBN 978-1-4331-7616-6 (hardback) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7615-9 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-4331-7612-8 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7613-5 (epub)

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