How Stoicism Led Epictetus to Be Thrashed by a Stranger

Douglas C. Bates
4 min readMar 28, 2023

The Consequences of the Dichotomy of Control

Stoicism is promoted as a way of making yourself invincible. Entire books are devoted to cultivating Stoic indifference to train Stoics to dismiss distressing things as mere “externals” that one should be indifferent to. A key underpinning of these things is a part of Stoic philosophy commonly known as the “Dichotomy of…

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Douglas C. Bates

Ancient Greek philosophies of life. http://www.pyrrhonism.org Author of “Pyrrho’s Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism.”