3 Stoic Domains of Reality, Acts of the Soul and Rules of Life or Disciplines

Christopher Hurtado —  April 24, 2017
3 Stoic Domains of Reality, Acts of the Soul and Rules of Life or Disciplines | Christopher Hurtado

In The Inner Citadel by Pierre Hadot, three Stoic domains of reality, acts of the soul, and rules of life or disciplines are pointed out in Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and Epictetus’ Enchiridion. I’ve written about each of them in separate posts, but wanted to bring them all together in one post.

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When I wrote about the three Stoic domains of reality in Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, the three Stoic acts of the soul and exercise themes in Epictetus’ Enchiridion, and the three Stoic rules of life or disciplines in Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, a reader suggested a visual. Here’s the visual.

Here’s a passage from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations (VIII, 7) matched up with the visual for you:

• Objectivity in terms of Impulse Toward Action in terms of Human Nature. “The rational nature is prosperous, while it assents to no false or uncertain opinion;…”
• Justice and Altruism in terms of Desire in terms of Universal Nature: “…and has its affections directed to something social and kind;…”
• Consent to Destiny in terms of Judgment in terms of Faculty of Judgment. “…and its desires and aversions turned toward these things alone which are in its power; while it embraces contentedly whatever is appointed by the universal nature.”

Question: In what other passages in the Meditations do you find examples of all three?

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Christopher Hurtado is President and CEO of Linguistic Solutions and Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy and Political Science at Utah Valley University. He holds a BA in Middle East Studies/Arabic and Philosophy and an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies. He coauthored Vacation Spanish: A Survival Guide for Mexico, the Caribbean, Central & South America. He is married to children's book author and homeschool mom, Alysia Gonzalez. Together they have nine children. They are active in their church and in their community.