This chapter presents the third book of Cicero's Tusculan Disputations and provides a self-contained treatise on the nature and management of human emotion. In this book the formal case against the thesis is quickly expanded to take in the causes of distress, its relation to the other emotions, the techniques that have proven effective in treating it, and practical suggestions for the writers of consolatory discourses. The assertion concerning the experience of the wise person is expressed that “the wise person is subject to grief.” Cicero concentrates on the experience of ordinary humans, exploring the causes of grief and other emotions in them. He also gives a full-scale assault on Epicurean ethics and feels that despite the merits of individual Epicureans, the system itself remains open to self-indulgent interpretations which are entirely incompatible with a life of public service.
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