Philosophy Begins in Blunder

Epictetus and Sextus on the Beginnings of Philosophy

Why does a person become interested in philosophy as a way of life? Is it because they discover there is something wrong with themselves and wish to address that problem, or is it because they wish to end their mental suffering?

Epictetus gives us an account in Discourses 2.11 about why people begin the study of Stoicism. The key points…



Douglas C. Bates

Ancient Greek philosophy as self-help. Author of “Pyrrho’s Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism.”