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How to Be Free

  "Epictetus’ teachings on the philosophy of freedom"

"How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life" by Epictetus, as translated and interpreted by A.A. Long, brings forth the essence of Stoic liberation. Epictetus posits that true freedom comes from within—being free is a matter of the soul, not the circumstances. A.A. Long provides context and commentary, making the ancient text accessible to the modern reader, and revealing how one can attain personal freedom and live with dignity and happiness in spite of external conditions.



  • Title: "How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life: Epictetus and A.A. Long"
  • Subtitle: "Epictetus and A.A. Long"
  • Tagline: "Epictetus’ teachings on the philosophy of freedom"
  • Description: "A timeless exploration of Stoic thought on inner liberty and serenity, regardless of one’s external situation."
  • Keywords: Freedom, Stoicism, Epictetus, Philosophy, Inner Peace, A.A. Long, Ancient Wisdom...


# [How to Be Free]
- Epictetus and A.A. Long
- Epictetus’ teachings on the philosophy of freedom
- A timeless exploration of Stoic thought on inner liberty and serenity, regardless of one’s external situation.
- 5 Topics

## Topics
- Essence of Stoic Freedom: The distinction between external control and internal liberation.
- Epictetus' Discourses on Freedom: Key passages and their interpretations.
- The Translator's Insight: A.A. Long's contextualization of Epictetus' ideas.
- Practical Exercises for Freedom: How to apply Epictetus’ teachings in daily life.
- The Modern Relevance of Stoic Freedom: Reflections on how these teachings can address contemporary quests for autonomy and meaning.

Topic 1

"Essence of Stoic Freedom"

This section explains how, according to Epictetus, freedom is achieved through mastering one’s desires, choosing one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, and distinguishing between what is and isn't in one's power to change.

Topic 2

"Epictetus' Discourses on Freedom"

The book dives into specific discourses where Epictetus discusses the nature of freedom. A.A. Long brings these ancient texts to life, interpreting them in a way that resonates with the present day and highlights their undiminished significance.

Topic 3

"The Translator's Insight"

A.A. Long contributes a scholarly perspective on Epictetus' philosophy, offering modern readers a bridge to the ancient world and its thinking on freedom, happiness, and ethics.

Topic 4

"Practical Exercises for Freedom"

The guide offers practical exercises suggested by Epictetus, such as the reflection on one's judgments and practicing indifference to external events, as means to achieve mental and emotional autonomy.

Topic 5

"The Modern Relevance of Stoic Freedom"

Finally, the book considers the role of Stoic principles in today's world, suggesting that the pursuit of internal freedom is as vital now as it was in ancient times. It discusses how embracing Stoic practices can lead to greater contentment and a more meaningful life in the face of modern-day challenges.