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Single Idea 23350

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People]

Full Idea

The sinews of a philosopher are desire that never fails in its achievement; aversion that never meets with what it would avoid; appropriate impulse; carefully considered purpose; and assent that is never precipitate.

Gist of Idea

A wise philosophers uses reason to cautiously judge each aspect of living


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 2.08.29)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.92

A Reaction

This is a very individual view of wisdom and the philosopher, whereas wisdom is often thought to have a social role. Is it not important for a philosopher to at least offer advice?