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Single Idea 4022

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / f. Compassion]

Full Idea

The injunction of Epictetus is well known, that in commiserating with another for his misfortune, we ought to talk consolingly, but not be moved by pity.

Gist of Idea

Epictetus says we should console others for misfortune, but not be moved by pity


report of Epictetus (The Handbook [Encheiridion] [c.58], 16) by Charles Taylor - Sources of the Self 15.1

Book Reference

Taylor,Charles: 'Sources of the Self' [CUP 1992], p.258

A Reaction

This goes strongly against the grain of the Christian tradition, but strikes me as an appealing attitude (even if I am the sufferer).