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One of the most popular of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy in antiquity, Stoicism flourished for some five hundred years and has remained a constant presence throughout the history of Western philosophy. Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. This book provides a lucid, comprehensive introduction to this great philosophical school. 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. John Sellars includes historical information on the life and works of the ancient Stoic philosophers and summaries, analyses, and appraisals of their principal doctrines in logic, physics, and ethics. He also includes a fascinating account of the Stoic legacy from later antiquity to the present. The volume includes a glossary and chronology, which, together with its accessible yet authoritative approach, makes it the ideal choice for students, scholars, and general readers interested in what Stoicism has meant, both philosophically and historically, for western more

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  • Paperback | 219 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 18mm | 322.06g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 0520249089
  • 9780520249080
  • 192,041

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"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. I particularly applaud his focus on Epictetus and on Stoicism as an art of life."A.A. Long, author of "Stoic Studies""show more

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"If readers are interested in Stoicism and want a solid, thoughtful introduction, then this is the book to read."--Dialogueshow more

About John Sellars

John Sellars is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of the West of England, and a member of Wolfson College, more

Table of contents

Preface Sources and Abbreviations Chronology 1. Introduction What is Stoicism? The Early Stoics The Middle Stoa Late Stoic Authors Other Sources Decline and Loss of Texts 2. The Stoic System How did the Stoics Conceive Philosophy? The Role of the Stoic Sage The 'Three Parts' of Philosophy Philosophy and Philosophical Discourse The Inter-Related Nature of the Stoic System 3. Stoic Logic Logic in Antiquity Stoic Dialectic Philosophy of Language Stoic Epistemology Stoicism and Empiricism Summary 4. Stoic Physics Ontology Principles God and Nature Cosmology Fate and Providence Psychology 5. Stoic Ethics Self-Preservation and the Origin of Values Real Goods and 'Indifferents' The Emotions Appropriate Actions Virtue and Happiness Living According to Nature The Political Dimension Summary 6. The Stoic Legacy Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages The Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Summary References Glossary of Names Glossary of Terms Guide to Further Reading Index of Passages General Indexshow more