Index for Commentary on the Discourses


For my commentary, I read the Oxford translation of the Discourses (translated by Robin Hard). For the blog post title, the heading comes from the Hard translation.

After completing this commentary project, I realized I did not have a commentary index. As I created the index, I edited each blog post to include a link to the free, online Oldfather translation. For ease, I simply used the Oldfather translation for the title of each link below in the index.

Finally, the image on this page comes from here.

Book 1

1.1 - Of the things which are under our control and not under our control

1.2 - How may a man preserve his proper character upon every occasion?

1.3 - From the thesis that God is the father of mankind how may one proceed to the consequences?

1.4 - Of progress

1.5 - Against the Academics

1.6 - Of providence

1.7 - Of the use of equivocal premisses, hypothetical arguments and the like

1.8 - That the reasoning faculties, in the case of the uneducated, are not free from error

1.9 - How from the thesis that we are akin to God may a man proceed to the consequences?

1.10 - To those who have set their hearts on preferment at Rome

1.11 - Of family affection

1.12 - Of contentment

1.13 - How may each several thing be done acceptably to the gods?

1.14 - That the Deity oversees all men

1.15 - What does philosophy profess?

1.16 - Of providence

1.17 - That the art of reasoning is indispensable

1.18 - That we ought not to be angry with the erring

1.19 - How ought we to bear ourselves toward tyrants?

1.20 - How the reasoning faculty contemplates itself

1.21 - To those who would be admired

1.22 - Of our preconceptions

1.23 - In answer to Epicurus

1.24 - How should we struggle against difficulties?

1.25 - Upon the same theme

1.26 - What is the rule of life?

1.27 - In how many ways do the external impressions arise, and what aids should we have ready at hand to deal with them?

1.28 - That we ought not to be angry with men; and what are the little things and the great among men?

1.29 - Of steadfastness

1.30 - What aid ought we to have ready at hand in difficulties?

Book 3

3.1 - Of personal adornment

3.2 - The fields of study in which the man who expects to make progress will have to go into training; and that we neglect what is most important

3.3 - What is the subject-matter with which the good man has to deal; and what should he the chief object of our training?

3.4 - To the man who look sides, in an undignified manner, while in a theatre

3.5 - To those who leave school because of illness

3.6 - Some scattered sayings

3.7 - A conversation with the Imperial Bailiff of the Free Cities, who was an Epicurean

3.8 - How ought we to exercise ourselves to deal with the impressions of our senses?

3.9 - To a certain rhetorician who was going to Rome for a lawsuit

3.10 - How ought we to bear our illnesses?

3.11 - Some scattered sayings

3.12 - Of training

3.13 - The meaning of a forlorn state, and the kind of person a forlorn man is

3.14 - Some scattered sayings

3.15 - That we ought to approach each separate thing with circumspection

3.16 - That one should enter cautiously into social intercourse

3.17 - Of Providence

3.18 - That we ought not to allow any news to disturb us

3.19 - What is the position of the layman, and what that of the philosopher?

3.20 - That it is possible to derive advantage from everything external

3.21 - To those who enter light-heartedly upon the profession of lecturing

3.22 - On the calling of a Cynic

3.23 - To those who read and discuss for the purpose of display

3.24 - That we ought not to yearn for the things which are not under our control

3.25 - To those who fail to achieve their purposes

3.26 - To those who fear want