To those who have applied themselves to advancement at Rome

Epictetus – Discourses Book 1
I.10. To those who have applied themselves to advancement at Rome

  1. The business of the philosopher requires him to deal with immense questions, such as “How the universe is governed? What is the place of the rational being in it?” etc.
  2. Compared to the issues in the mundane professions, the matters in philosophy are of greater importance and complexity.
  3. That being said, the mundane professions most certainly deserve attention and the struggle to attain perfection from their practitioners.
  4. Then, doesn’t philosophy deserve at least the equal degree of application? If neglect of the duties of a mundane job is wrong, isn’t neglect of application of philosophy equally wrong?
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