Ideas of Marcus Aurelius, by Theme

[Roman, 121 - 180, Born in Spain. Taught by Fronto. Emperor of Rome. Died in Rome.]

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1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People
A philosopher should have principles ready for understanding, like a surgeon with instruments
7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 1. Nature of Change
Everything is changing, including yourself and the whole universe
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / c. Value of pleasure
Justice has no virtue opposed to it, but pleasure has temperance opposed to it
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / k. Ethics from nature
Nothing is evil which is according to nature
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / b. Living naturally
The art of life is more like the wrestler's than the dancer's
24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 1. A People / a. Human distinctiveness
Humans are naturally made for co-operation