This got posted in one of the larger Facebook groups last week. I’ve been listening to it in the car on my daily commute the past few days and found it to be well worth the time.
The author discusses several problems in interpretation of spiritual exercises in a Philosophy descended from Socrates, where virtue is a kind of knowledge, and knowledge is sufficient for virtue. I found the arguments compelling.
Also, the author addresses three spiritual exercises, the Three Disciplines of Epictetus, and distils and describes them well.
I’m reading through Xenophon’s Memorabilia, the discussion on Socrates. Usually we turn to Plato for information on Socrates, but Xenophon is another source for this material. I don’t know as much about Socrates as I probably ought, so that’s the impetus for this reading.
Here’s the Perseus text of Xenophon:
Chris Fisher over at TraditionalStoicism.com asked me to do a guest piece as part of his series on Stoic Piety.
His series is really excellent, and I hope my contribution is a fraction as good.
I came across this document while doing some investigating for my own studies and writing. Thought I’d share.
LINK: Musonius Rufus and Roman Ascetical Theory.
Chris has been working on a series of very well written, and heavily researched articles on Stoic Piety for the past few weeks. His most recent iteration, is on Epictetus.
The religious character of The Discourses is apparent to anyone who has read them, and despite the modern trend of wanting to discount any form of non-atheism in Stoicism the case for the religious nature of the school is well founded.
Head on over, give his article a read. It’s worth the time.