Monday, October 28, 2013

Epictetus: His Basic Argument

Epictetus's main argument seems to be something like this (cred to Bonnie Kent for this formulation):

1.  If you are to be happy, things have to go the way you want.
2.  People can't control what happens.
3. People can only control what they want.
4. Therefore, people should either want nothing or want things to happen exactly as they do happen.

For more on this argument and possible objections to the argument, follow this link to another educational blog of mine.

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