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Marcus Aurelius is said to have been fond of quoting Plato's dictum, and those who have written about him have rarely been able to resist. The Meditations of the Emperor. Marcus Aurelius. Antoninus. Translated by Francis Hutcheson and James Moor. Edited and with an Introduction by James. Author: Marcus Aurelius. Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor – CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy. It is doubtful that Marcus Aurelius Antoninus ever intended for this book to be published.

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Marcus Aurelius Meditations says that we all have certain strengths.

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Leveraging what we are naturally good at will make us more effective, happier and fulfilled. And if you want to really be happy, use your strengths in service of others. Marcus Aurelius and the stoics held logic in high esteem and viewed emotions as dangerous when they clouded reason.

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This information I had from Dr. Books IX and X differ from the other books. The style of the translation of books IX and X lacks the characteristic flow of Hutchesons prose. These two books also contain a number of phrases not found elsewhere in the text.

Nature or the nature of the whole is referred to as she for example, bk. IX, art. A preoccupation with the original Greek of Marcus and with the quality of the translation by Gataker is not a conspicuous feature of the notes found in the other books.

It is a concern, however, that might be expected of someone like Moor, who was renowned for the accuracy of his command of ancient Greek. In every one of the other books there are extensive notes that expand upon and interpret the philosophy of the Stoics, with the exception of the first book, which is concerned not with ideas but with individuals who influenced Marcus many of them Stoics.

The term Stoic is never used in books IX and X. Finally, in books IX and X, there is an abundance of citations to writers of the New Testament: fourteen in all; twice as many as are found in the notes to all of the other books combined.

In light of these considerations, we conclude that Reids record of his conversation with Moor may be taken as the most authoritative of the three pieces of external evidence: books IX and X by Moor; the rest by Hutcheson.

One of their expressed motivations was stylistic. They were dissatisfied with the two translations then available in English.

One was the translation by Meric Casaubon published in , 8 described by Hutcheson as the old English translation: it can scarce be agreeable to any reader; because of the intricate and antiquated stile Life of the Emperor, p.

The other translation, published in and reissued in and , was by Jeremy Collier , a nonjuring Anglican clergyman best known for his attack on the English stage.

Hutcheson tells us that his translation is almost intirely new and has been made according to Gatakers edition of the original, and his Latin version Life of the Emperor, p. Thomas Gataker was an Anglican clergyman with Puritan sympathies, who maintained good relations with Presbyterians and was a member of the Westminster Assembly. Gatakers edition of The Meditations10 in Greek, with a translation and commentary on the text in Latin, has been described by a modern classical scholar as a monument of vast and fastidious erudition, which has long been and will always remain, the principal authority for any one undertaking to study or edit the Meditations.

It is this edition of The Meditations that Hutcheson and Moor used as the basis for their edition.

Hutcheson informs the reader that the short abstract of the life of the emperor prefaced to his edition is taken from the collections made by Dacier and Stanhope.

The Maxims of the Stoics, appended to the Hutcheson and Moor edition, was excerpted from Gatakers Praeloquium it had been included in the edition and, in English translation, in the edition. An abbreviated version of the edition was published in Oxford in , with emendations by R. Oxoniensis thought to be Richard Ibbetson. Andrews in He translated hegemonikon as the governing part, and in a note to bk.

IV, art.

Meditations Summary

As Hutcheson explained it, the governing part of the mind may exercise a reservation upon desires for external things and then redirect the mind to the pursuit of our sole good, which is in our own affections, purposes, and actions.

It will also be evident that the language of Hutchesons translation remains very much his own. Farquharson, the editor of The Meditations,18 renders the first sentence of bk. II, art. As Hutcheson presents The Meditations, Marcuss reflections are designed to directly affect the sensibility of the reader and excite a desire to contribute to the happiness of others.

Marcuss soliloquies, he tells us, contain some of the plainest, and yet most PLL v6. Marcuss language, in short, posed no obstacle to Hutchesons discovering in The Meditations a moral philosophy very much congenial to and in harmony with his own. His reading of The Meditations may also have been influenced by the recognition that moralists whom he very much admired had discovered in the reflections of Marcus Aurelius insights of great relevance for themselves.

Shaftesbury declared that he had discovered the proper meaning of sensus communis, as that phrase had been used by Roman moralists and satirists, in the notes and commentaries on The Meditations by Meric Casaubon and Thomas Gataker.

Shaftesbury did not draw the conclusion formed by Marcus, however, that there is a universal happiness or good that all mankind may share. Instead, he thought that Universal good, or the interest of the world in general, is a kind of remote philosophical object.

That greater community falls not easily under the eye. Shaftesbury elsewhere considered Marcus one of the wisest and most serious of ancient authors.

For he is the living Law;27 that it was highly estimable to live benignly, and to practise Truth and Justice. Hutcheson replied: the noblest Desire in our Nature, that of universal Happiness, is generally calm, and wholly free from any confused uneasy Sensation: except, in some warm Tempers, who, by a lively Imagination and frequent Attention to general Ideas, raise something of Passion even toward universal Nature.

See Marcus Aurelius, in many places. He proposes that we enlarge our views with truth and justice, and observe the structure of the human soul, pretty much the same in all nations;. See this often inculcated in Marc. True piety was not to be found in the asceticism of the early Christians nor in the perpetuation of their melancholy notions of sanctity in the absurd provisions of the canon law: piety is never more sincere and lively than when it engages men in all social and kind offices to others, out of a sense of duty to God: and just philosophy, as well as religion, could teach that true devotion, tranquility, resignation, and recollection too, may be practiced even in a court or camp, as well as in a wilderness.

See Marc Antonin in a variety of passages.

Lesson 2: Life is too short to waste even a second complaining.

Hutchesons notes typically provide short explanatory discourses or exegeses of the ideas of the Stoics. It is remarkable that the same notes also illuminate Hutchesons own moral philosophy. This will become evident as we consider his treatment in The Meditations of Stoic theories of human nature, the rational soul, the law, the citizen, God, and divine providence.

A central theme of Hutchesons moral philosophy, from the earliest to the last of his publications, had been that human nature is so constituted that mankind is naturally sociable. This theme was the subject of his inaugural lecture following his appointment as Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. In a passage of the text where Marcus writes of the peculiar structure and furniture of human nature, Hutcheson notes: This, as it was often mentioned already, is such as both recommends to us all pious veneration and submission to God, and all social affections; and makes such dispositions our chief satisfaction and happiness bk.

XI, art. Hutcheson had maintained, in his inaugural lecture and elsewhere in his writings, that it is the presence of kind affections, a natural desire to perform good offices for others, public spiritbenevolence, in a wordthat disposes us to be naturally sociable. He was at pains to remind readers, in An Essay and in A System of Moral Philosophy, that the Stoics, the avowed enemies of the passions, had made provision for the passions and affections, for desire and aversion, joy and sorrow.

Marcus had reminded himself not to be misled by the passions: suffer not that noble part to be enslaved, or moved about by unsociable passions, without its own approbation bk. Hutcheson noted that Marcus was employing a metaphor from puppets, movd by others. Such are men when led by their passions against what their higher faculties incline to and recommend. Marcus invoked the puppet metaphor later in the text bk.

X, art. XII, art. The noble part that must direct the passions and not be enslaved by them was, in Marcuss mind, the intellect, the spark of divinity within us, the rational soul. Wont you, at last, perceive, that you have something more excellent and divine within you, than that which raises the several passions, and moves you, as the wires do a puppet, without your own approbation?

What now is my intellectual part? Is it fear? Is it suspicion? Is it lust? Is it any such thing? The intellect or the soul was the governing part, the hegemonikon.

Hutcheson, too, recognized that there was a governing part in human nature, which he called diversely the moral faculty or conscience but most often the moral sense. Hutcheson discovered this governing part in the heart. And he understood the heart to be the moral and spiritual equivalent of the rational soul. Hutcheson had been critical in his earlier writings, notably in Illustrations on the Moral Sense, of contemporary rationalists who attempted to discover moral good and evil in the relations of things Clarke , in truth Wollaston , or in a notion of absolute and infinite perfection Burnet, Balguy.

These efforts were misdirected; they failed to focus upon the only quality in human nature that could properly be considered good: benevolence or kind affection. Hutcheson provided the following note to a reference by Marcus to that divinity which is within us: Thus the Stoics call the rational soul, the seat of knowledge and virtue: deeming it a part of the divinity, ever pervaded, attracted, and inspired by it to all moral good, when the lower passions are restrained bk.

The rational soul was conceived by the Stoics, after Plato. V, art. This article and note are cited elsewhere e. VII, art.

The rational soul so conceived was the faculty that distinguished virtue and vice, perceived moral good and evil: considered in this light, the rational soul was synonymous with the heart: they [the Stoics], and the Platonists too,.

VI, art. Also, the most important practical truths are found out by attending to the inward calm sentiments or feelings of the heart: And this constitution of heart or soul is certainly the work of God, who created and still pervades all things;.

Now the Stoics, Marcus Aurelius among them, maintained that there is a law of nature and that this law is known by reason, the intellect, the rational soul. Hutcheson had maintained, in the Inquiry and elsewhere, that the perception of moral distinctions, of virtue and vice, of rights of various kinds, did not depend upon a law.

This, in the supreme Being, flows essentially from his nature: in created beings, it is a gift from him bk.

VIII, art. Moor, too, in his notes on books IX and X refers to the law of our nature; entire resignation to the will of God in all events, and kind affections to our fellows bk. In Hutchesons mind, how we come to know the law of nature is not problematic: it is quite simply the law of God written in the heart. It may be remembered here once for all, the life according to nature, in Antoninus, is taken in a very high sense: Tis living up to that standard of purity and perfection, which every good man feels in his own breast: Tis conforming our selves to the law of God written in the heart: Tis endeavouring a compleat victory over the passions, and a total conformity to the image of God.

A man must read Antoninus with little attention, who confounds this with the natural mans life, condemned by St. In bk. Moor noted that this passage clears up many others where the same word occurs obscurely. He also referred the reader to the book de Mundo, which goes under Aristotles name; chap. For our law, exactly impartial to all, is God. Hutcheson agreed bk. But Hutcheson had earlier observed that God is also present in every human being: such is the divine goodness that he is ever ready to communicate his goodness and mercy, in the renovation of the heart, and in forming in it all holy affections, and just apprehensions of himself, to all minds which by earnest desires are seeking after him bk.

Hutcheson was employing the scholastic language of the communicable attributes of the deity: that God communicates to or shares with human beings some but not all of the attributes of divinity.

He was also contending that the notion that God is present in the heart or soul of everyone who, by earnest desires, is seeking after him is consistent with the Stoic idea that there is a part of God, a spark of the divine fire, that is present in every human being.

Everyone, Marcus declared, who flies from his master is a fugitive-slave. Now, the law is our master; and so the transgressor of the law is the fugitive bk. Marcus also described all who live under the law that is common to all rational beings as fellow citizens of the universe or the world. We are all fellow-citizens: and if so, we have a common city. The universe, then, must be that city; for of what other common city are all men citizens?

Hutcheson endorsed this idea of citizenship and expanded upon its implications for the relationship that should pertain between the citizens of the universe and its ruler: This city is the universe. A mind entirely conformed and resigned to God, the great governour of this city, and persuaded of his wisdom, power, and goodness, cannot imagine any event to be hurtful to the universe; and when it is united in will with God, it must acquiesce in all that happens, and can make all events good to itself, as they are occasions of exerting the noblest virtues, which are its supreme good.

Marcus had written: Love and desire that alone which happens to you, and is destined by providence for you; for, what can be more suitable? Hutcheson endorsed this maxim unreservedly: For, a man who desires only what God destines him, can never be disappointed; since infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, must always accomplish its designs; and, as he loves all his works, every event ordered by him, must be really best for the whole, and for the individuals to which it happens: An intimate and permanent conviction of this, must be the best foundation for the practice of the maxim here recommended.

Hutcheson had not replaced the Stoic doctrine of fate or predestination with benevolence. He thought rather that acting in a manner consistent with the divine plan was the most effective way to promote PLL v6.

He considered it an amiable notion of providence, that it has ordered for every good man that station of life, and those circumstances, which infinite wisdom foresaw were fittest for his solid improvement in virtue, according to that original disposition of nature which God had given him bk. One may see in the Stoicism of Marcus Aurelius and Hutchesons enthusiastic endorsement of it the possibility of a benign redescription of the predestinarian doctrine of Calvinists and the Presbyterian or Reformed Church.

The crucial difference between Hutcheson and more orthodox Calvinists did not turn on predestination: it was rather that Hutcheson, unlike Calvin and St. Augustine and St. Paul , did not think that mankind was naturally sinful. He thought that mankind was naturally kind, benevolent, good. In his inaugural lecture, he had placed particular emphasis on the state of innocence, which Reformed theologians attributed only to Adam and Eve before the Fall.

In Hutchesons mind, this original disposition of nature applied to every human being. Insofar as men were presently to be found in a condition of sinfulness and depravity, it was as a result of bad education, confused imaginations, the pursuit of external things, property and riches, love of fame: these were the dispositions, the passions which were productive of moral evil. Marcus had written: Look inwards; within is the fountain of good; which is ever springing up, if you be always digging in it bk.

Hutcheson considered this excellent advice. The author of this advice, had the best opportunities of trying all the happiness which can arise from external things. The dissipating pursuits of external things, stupify the nobler powers. By recollection we find the dignity of our nature: the diviner powers are disentangled, and exert themselves in all worthy social affections of piety and humanity; and the soul has an inexpressible delight in them bk.

Hutcheson And Christianity It is clear then that Hutcheson was refashioning Christian doctrine, notably the Presbyterian or Reformed doctrine of original sin, by substituting for it a particular variant of Stoicism, the version represented in The Meditations, in which the original or natural constitution of human nature contains something divine within: a heart or a soul that is oriented toward affection for others, good offices, benevolence.

Was it a view consistent with the life and teachings of Christ? Hutcheson and Moor clearly thought so.

Final Notes:

They celebrated again and again in their notes the exhortation of Christ to his followers to return good for evil. They were also observing, however, in every case, that Marcus had given the same advice to himself and to anyone who might read his Meditations. Moor also perceived in Marcuss pleas that we should attempt to imitate the gods the same with the grand Christian doctrine of the divine life bk. Hutcheson thought that Marcuss reference to his own publick service to the Gods expressed the same divine sentiment with the Apostle; that whatever we do in word or deed, we should do it as to God bk.

Their references to the writers of the New Testament typically provide confirmation and endorsement of the Stoic morality of Marcus and Epictetus. They were also pleased to enclose Gatakers Apology, which similarly discovered an equivalence between the ethical teachings of Christ and the reflections of Marcus Aurelius: All these same precepts [of Christ] are to be found in Antoninus, just as if he had habitually read them Gatakers Apology, below, p.

At the same time, there is much that Hutcheson found objectionable in the doctrines and in the conduct of Christians. He was unimpressed by the Christian doctrine of repentance after vice. A continued innocence of manners is preferable to even the most thorough repentance after gross vices.

To this refer many thoughts in the former books, about the advantage of being always straight and upright, rather than one rectified and amended bk. He was pointedly critical of what he took to be the desire for martyrdom among the early Christians: It is well known that their ardour for the glory of martyrdom was frequently immoderate; and was censured even by some of the primitive fathers. He goes on to make an apology for their weakness.Quite the opposite.

If any shall still persist in prosecuting them, merely as Christians, let the person prosecuted be acquitted, tho it should appear he were a Christian; and let the prosecutor be punished. Marcus had written: Love and desire that alone which happens to you, and is destined by providence for you; for, what can be more suitable? However, the second law of thermodynamics actually says that matter move towards chaos. Dent ; New York: There are no reviews yet. Is it any such thing?

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