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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It is a very well written book with excellent references, it does give some practical information and examples of the way some stoics lived and the decisions they made although these are few and far between. Without being morbid, all this could be taken tsoicism at any moment, so it is important to appreciate what one has, and to enjoy it, right now in the present moment. I was drawn to Diogenes the Cynic as an alternative follower johm Socrates. However one might try to answer that question, the point I would like to make here is that sellar Hellenistic Stoa was itself a developing tradition of thought, founded by Zeno, strongly identified with Chrysippus, but embracing a wide range of other philosophers too, from Aristo and Cleanthes to Panaetius and Posidonius.

This is because subjugation will damage my pscyhological jkhn. On emotions,the stoics consider unbridled delight or sorrow to be caused by wrong perception. These days people might turn to religion or Eastern philosophies for that kind of guidance, but it has always been a central part of the Western philosophical tradition as well. I quickly found studies of both connecting them with Stoicism.

The conscious input by the player, and sometimes a little luck, will cause the cue ball to move and start off a new line of cause and effect whereby a red ball will hopefully drop into a pocket. If you are interested in this publication, you might want to check the paperback edition.

The first two chapters of this book provide a helpful historical overview and a basic introduction to the Stoic system.

Logic differs from the Aristotle syllogism. 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.


Preview — Stoicism by John Sellars. Some of the least attractive character traits I can think of are arrogance and self-importance, and some of the most underrated virtues are modesty and patience. Dec 18, Colin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Again I felt this is more an academic reference text and not the instruction manual that I was looking for. Notify me of new posts by email.

The book is broken into chapters that describe the three cornerstones of Stoic philosophy: Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus So I was curious about what the philosophical common ground might be.

Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. They acknowledged a distinction between nonsensical “utterances” that have no intrinsic meaning, and “sayables”, which are utterances that express a certain meaning. What is determined is determined in the experiential moment, some by what has gone before and some by the input of the freewill of individuals and the will of the Divine Fire.


A very deep look into Stoicism, the kind of book you want to keep picking up and going over, again and again. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to learn more about Stoicism?

I do note however that you are still being secretive yourself. Even in the Hellenistic period, then, Stoicism was a rich and diverse movement, a complex living tradition. An excellent introduction to Stoicism and a very easy read. Much like Socrates and Plato, the Stoics believed that virtue is constituted by knowledge; meaning that unethical behavior stems from ignorance of the truth rather than any genuine malicious intent on the part of the wrongdoer.

This is a really great book, and one that I am certain I will come back to. How does that square with your theory? Oct 26, Rodrigo rated it it was amazing.

Alternatively one might focus on following Stoic guidance, living a Stoic life; someone who does this is a Stoic. Contents The Stoic system.

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

Sellars writes clearly and to the point, teasing apart the Stoics’ arguments, presenting alternate interpretations, and fitting it all together into a comprehensive worldview, which was the Stoics’ whole point.


Anyone can do it for it requires very little intelligence a total lack of understanding. Stoicism constitutes a very interesting school of philosophy, sharing ideas with Cynicism in the views concerning the good life, in the idea of living according with nature, in the view of virtue being the only real good, but adding a system of theoretical philosophy in areas such as logic and physics, subjects which the Cynics sroicism completely. 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 selalrs throughout the history of Western philosophy.

He has written two books on Stoic philosophy: The source of knowledge is basically de ‘Philosophy is a medicine to cure the disease of the soul. Sellars illustrates how bizarre this claim is in the following stoixism May 07, Matt rated soicism it was amazing. The ideals to be virtuous are quite high, even seemingly unattainable like Socrates, Cato.

This book is beautifully written with clear se,lars and headings and presents Stoicism as a whole philosophy of life as compared to just using it in few situations.

It syoicism provides citations, and includes both a selection of books for further reading organized by topic AND a list of works cited arranged alphabetically. Do you have anything else that you wanted to mention while we have the chance? Discourse Dissertations and the Handbook Enchiridionthese are actually by Arrian, who recited what he remembered from the lectures by Epictetus.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. As John states, the Stoics of old sgoicism the debate and each tried to put their own spin on matters. Of course, sometimes this is easier said than done! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.