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William Stephens

What’s required for freedom? What does self respect demand?

In this conversation, Caleb Ontiveros speaks with William Stephens about Epictetus’s Handbook.

They discuss Epictetus’s conception of freedom, self-respect, and end with a discussion on his role ethics.

We’ve had several conversations with William Stephens at Stoa, he’s one of the foremost philosophical experts on Epictetus – we’re excited to share another one.

Epictetus’s 'Encheiridion': A New Translation and Guide to Stoic Ethics

(01:56) What is the Handbook?

(05:53) Historical Impact of Epictetus

(11:26) How Epictetus Understood Freedom

(24:18) Tranquility

(28:33) Self-respect

(32:09) Role Ethics

(37:59) Epictetus on Career Choice

(41:54) Stoic Heroes

(45:39) Stoic Antiheroes

Stoa Conversations is Caleb Ontiveros and Michael Tremblay’s podcast on Stoic theory and practice.

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Caleb Ontiveros has a background in academic philosophy (MA) and startups. His favorite Stoic is Marcus Aurelius. Follow him here:

Michael Tremblay also has a background in academic philosophy (PhD) where he focused on Epictetus. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His favorite Stoic is Epictetus. Follow him here:

Thanks to Michael Levy for graciously letting us use his music in the conversations.