The Discourses, by Epictetus

Table of Contents


  1. Of the things which are in our Power, and not in our Power
  2. How a Man on every occasion can maintain his Proper Character
  3. How a man should proceed from the principle of God being the father of all men to the rest
  4. Of progress or improvement
  5. Against the academics
  6. Of providence
  7. Of the use of sophistical arguments, and hypothetical, and the like
  8. That the faculties are not safe to the uninstructed
  9. How from the fact that we are akin to God a man may proceed to the consequences
  10. Against those who eagerly seek preferment at Rome
  11. Of natural affection
  12. Of contentment
  13. How everything may he done acceptably to the gods
  14. That the deity oversees all things
  15. What philosophy promises
  16. Of providence
  17. That the logical art is necessary
  18. That we ought not to be angry with the errors of others
  19. How we should behave to tyrants
  20. About reason, how it contemplates itself
  21. Against those who wish to be admired
  22. On precognitions
  23. Against Epicurus
  24. How we should struggle with circumstances
  25. On the same
  26. What is the law of life
  27. In how many ways appearances exist, and what aids we should provide against them
  28. That we ought not to be angry with men; and what are the small and the great things among men
  29. On constancy
  30. What we ought to have ready in difficult circumstances


  1. That confidence is not inconsistent with caution
  2. Of Tranquillity
  3. To those who recommend persons to philosophers
  4. Against a person who had once been detected in adultery
  5. How magnanimity is consistent with care
  6. Of indifference
  7. How we ought to use divination
  8. What is the nature of the good
  9. That when we cannot fulfill that which the character of a man promises, we assume the character of a philosopher
  10. How we may discover the duties of life from names
  11. What the beginning of philosophy is
  12. Of disputation or discussion
  13. On anxiety
  14. To Naso
  15. To or against those who obstinately persist in what they have determined
  16. That we do not strive to use our opinions about good and evil
  17. How we must adapt preconceptions to particular cases
  18. How we should struggle against appearances
  19. Against those who embrace, philosophical opinions only in words
  20. Against the Epicureans and Academics
  21. Of inconsistency
  22. On friendship
  23. On the power of speaking
  24. To a person who was one of those who was not valued by him
  25. That logic is necessary
  26. What is the property of error


  1. Of finery in dress
  2. In what a man ought to be exercised who has made proficiency; and that we neglect the chief things
  3. What is the matter on which a good man should he employed, and in what we ought chiefly to practice ourselves
  4. Against a person who showed his partisanship in an unseemly way in a theatre
  5. Against those who on account of sickness go away home
  6. Miscellaneous
  7. To the administrator of the free cities who was an Epicurean
  8. How we must exercise ourselves against appearances
  9. To a certain rhetorician who was going up to Rome on a suit
  10. In what manner we ought to bear sickness
  11. Certain miscellaneous matters
  12. About exercise
  13. What solitude is, and what kind of person a solitary man is
  14. Certain miscellaneous matters
  15. That we ought to proceed with circumspection to everything
  16. That we ought with caution to enter, into familiar intercourse with men
  17. On providence
  18. That we ought not to be disturbed by any news
  19. What is the condition of a common kind of man and of a philosopher
  20. That we can derive advantage from all external things
  21. Against those who readily come to the profession of sophists
  22. About cynicism
  23. To those who read and discuss for the sake of ostentation
  24. That we ought not to be moved by a desire of those things which are not in our power
  25. To those who fall off from their purpose
  26. To those who fear want


  1. About freedom
  2. On familiar intimacy
  3. What things we should exchange for other things
  4. To those who are desirous of passing life in tranquility
  5. Against the quarrelsome and ferocious
  6. Against those who lament over being pitied
  7. On freedom from fear
  8. Against those who hastily rush into the use of the philosophic dress
  9. To a person who had been changed to a character of shamelessness
  10. What things we ought to despise, and what things we ought to value
  11. About Purity
  12. On attention
  13. Against or to those who readily tell their own affairs

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