From Epictetus, Discourses, 1.11, (Perseus English Link):
Is Epictetus implying there is only ever just one cause for our actions?
Or, is Epictetus arguing there is one cause which outweighs all others?
What is Epictetus saying this cause actually is?
- Our own Inclinations / δοκή?
- A combination of our own Assumptions / ὑπόληψις - AND - Principles / δόγμα?
- Or, is Epictetus arguing that our Principles / δόγμα are ultimately the underlying cause - for even those other two causes, (our own Assumptions and Inclinations)?
2. The Text, Epictetus Discourses 1.11:
Because ἓν / one is given emphatic placement, and because I understand ἐπὶ πάντων to indicate "Primacy / Importance", I read it as:
Ἐπίκτητος: - ἀλλ’ ἓν καὶ ταὐτόν ἐστιν ἐπὶ πάντων τὸ αἴτιον : ... ἔδοξεν.
Epictetus: - On the contrary - there is one cause, above all : ... our Inclinations.
2.1. But, Published English Translations Suggest Just One Cause:
Epictetus: But that there is the same motive in all cases, which moves us to do or forbear any action: ... to do right.
2.2. And Further, The Text Actually Indicates THREE Causes:
The Visitor: Anything else, other than our inclinations / ἔδοξεν?
Epictetus: Nothing [but] ... inward assumptions / ὑπολήψεις and principles / δόγματα. ... we will make make sure of our own principles / δόγματα.