Stoicism has ratings and 23 reviews. Scriptor Ignotus said: Although today Stoicism is celebrated primarily as an ethical philosophy, John Sellars’s. “Stoicism needs a new work of this kind. Sellars not only takes good account of the last thirty years of research, he also has much of his own to contribute. Peter chats about Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus with John Sellars, an expert on Roman Stoicism and the reception of Stoicism in the.

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Although Epictetus has two attributed texts: Books by John Sellars. Other interesting strands of thought are found in their idea of lekta.

The Art of Living: Professor John Sellars on Stoicism as a Medicine for the Mind

One of our most important sources is the later Platonist Plutarch who quotes seemingly contradictory passages from works by Chrysippus in order to show the contradictions inherent in Stoicism. This book provides an overview of the history of Stoicism as well as the three main components of Stoic philosophy which include Physics, Logic and Ethics. This was a very interesting book on the history of Stoicism and lists a number of more modern authors from that were influenced by Stoicism or at least mention it in their own writings.

Many misunderstand the Stoic training and see it as the Stoic practice.

‘What is a Stoic? Some Historical Reflections’ by John Sellars – Modern Stoicism

A very deep look into Stoicism, the kind of book you want to keep picking up and going over, again and again. Many people encountering Stoicism for the first time are struck by how familiar some of stpicism ideas seem, perhaps unaware of the influence Stoicism has had on so many different parts of our shared culture. What is determined is determined in the experiential moment, some by what has gone before jkhn some by the input of the freewill of individuals and the will of the Divine Fire.


The second is from Marcus Aurelius 2. Nature sfoicism be what it is, but there is still room for individual happiness if we are able to reconcile ourselves to the indifference of nature on the inside. In what ways do you think Stoicism still matters today? In certain cases even suicide is also justified like Socrates, Senecas death. I am assuming that you are fairly intelligent, but from your comments it is obvious that your understanding as to what is behind the history and the words of etoicism is greatly lacking.

You are clearly only interested in Stoicism because it affords you an opportunity to make a great display of your vanity. Another such interesting example concerns their view of god. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By introducing the philosophical school through descriptions of the Stoics themselves, Sellars is able to formulate the evolution of Stoicism through the ages: They are all readily available in cheap paperbacks. It gives an overview of the history of the school, covers its philosophy as a system, and explores the three main branches of Stoic theory.

Ah, let the insults abound. As to insulting your intelligence — sstoicism I have been doing is following the lead of your alter ego. However, these apparent meanings were taken by the Stoics to be incorporeal and were therefore classified as things stoicissm merely “subsist”, as opposed to things that exist. Ridicule is a sign of failed arguments. If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend Unshakable Freedomfollowed by Stoicism and the Art of Happinessand by then you’ll be well set up to get into this book.

Much of my academic work has focused on Stoicism and its later sellrs. It is easy to talk down Stoicism as you do.

I enjoy both the process and seeing the final product. Sellars offers a thorough history and introduction to Stoicism. The problem stiicism the what sentences like “The current king of France” refer to was said to be something which did not exist, but nevertheless subsisted.


University of California Pr Amazon. The book is broken into chapters that describe the three cornerstones of Stoic philosophy: I spend the bulk of my time reading, thinking, and writing about philosophy. In the Latin West the principal sources were always Seneca and Cicero. You are the author of The Art of Living: One might think the best way to answer these questions would be to point to a core set of doctrines and say that anyone who holds or held those doctrines is or was a Stoic.

This is a brilliant, accesible introduction to one of the most important philosophical sects in the ancient world. This is perhaps best demonstrated by one of the more peculiar Stoic teachings: The answer seems to sticism that the Stoics saw practical application as the summation of knowledge; the capstone of theoretical learning.

These are perennial issues connected to the human condition. The source of knowledge is basically derived from experience and written down in form of propositions. Can you talk to us about something difficult you went through uohn something you struggled with and how your knowledge of Stoicism might have helped? This book partially remedies this problem by giving a clear, engaging summary of ancient Stoic philosophy.

So why, then, do people clearly act in response to verbal communication if the meaning of these communications doesn’t exist? In the field of logic, for example, they complemented Stoicosm syllogisms, which are based on objects or terms, with syllogistic logic that is based on propositions. Alternatively one might focus on following Stoic guidance, living a Stoic life; someone who does this is a Stoic. Xtoicism will have much to offer you. Aug 11, Alan rated it it was amazing.