I wanted to drop a quick link to a blog I thought you might find of interest. It’s a system (new to me) for organizing what one reads. Enjoy.
The Three Τόποι of Epictetus are a recurring theme here, and I want to draw your attention to several episodes of Chris Fisher’s “Stoicism on Fire” podcast.
Specifically, his discussion here:
Episode 7 – Stoic Spiritual Exercises
Episode 8 – The Theory of Assent
Episode 9 – The Discipline of Assent
Episode 10 – The Theory of Desire
Episode 11 – The Discipline of Desire
Episode 13 – The Theory of Action
Episode 14 – The Discipline of Action
These are part of the larger “Path of the Prokopton” series on the Podcast.
If you enjoy the writing of Chris Fisher at TraditionalStoicism, I want to point you towards his podcast, which is now in its 14th episode.
I think you’ll find the quality and effort that goes into the writing and podcast sets Chris apart from many online commentators. His posts usually have 15+ citations, and are always well researched.
Stoicism on Fire fills a needed niche in the Online Stoa, and I hope you’ll give it a listen.
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I came across this article which discusses what Hadot calls “spiritual exercises” in some depth. The author takes exception to that label, but I think it suits just fine. I had recently joked in a conversation that if I had a dollar for every scholar who said something along the lines of “I won’t detail exactly what the exercises in Epictetus are…” that I’d have a goodly number of dollars.
Braicovich does not say this, however. He notes 18, although (spoiler alert), he later pares that down significantly. Either way, it’s worth the read.