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By Epictetus, Robert Dobbin

A new translation of the influential teachings of the nice Stoic philosopher

DESPITE BEING BORN into slavery, Greco-Roman thinker Epictetus grew to become some of the most influential thinkers of his time. Discourses and chosen Writings is a transcribed selection of casual lectures given by way of the thinker round advert 108. A gateway into the lifestyles and brain of an excellent highbrow, it's also an immense instance of the use of Koine or "common" Greek, an ancestor to plain smooth Greek.

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W e may be able to assign to a thing a cause without being able to fix its ratio cognoscendi. Thus we m a y regard magnetic force as the cause, but not the logical ground of magnetic attraction. There may, indeed, be a whole world of things determined causally, and yet the ground of their determination may be unknown. 1 1 6 T w o different modes of connection thus come to light, namely logical determination and a real Ordnung, or fixed relationship between things. In Leibniz's view the necessary connection in the world of things followed from his metaphysical principle of determination.

Cp. , supra, p. 31. 3 Ber. I. 395. 4 Ibid. , Ber. I. 309. Cp. p. 262.

396-8. THE PRE-CRITICAL CONCEPTION O F G O D 45 trasting it with that of Crusius. Taking the three principal grounds of determination enumerated by Wolff, viz. the rationes cognoscendi, essendi, and fiendi, Crusius drew a line of separation between the first and the other two, not by exalting the first in the manner of Wolff, but rather by depriving it of its privileged position, and making the ground of knowledge (ratio cognoscendi) co-ordinate with the real ground. W e may thus tabulate his results: Real grounds.

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