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 only short but quite advanced and so only suitable for people already familiar with philosophy. Fundamentally, Stoic ethical teaching instructs us to recognize what is and is not in our control. This book provides a lucid, comprehensive introduction to this great philosophical school.

Eellars gives an overview of the history of the school, covers its philosophy as stoucism system, and explores the three main branches of Stoic theory. I also note that you have not understood a word of it for otherwise you would not misrepresent it as you do. The second is from Marcus Aurelius 2. A fine overview of the subject, with a very helpful bibliography. Dec 14, Jayant Yadav rated it really liked it.

Do rest comfortable in your scepticism and if it makes you happy carry on trying to deride Stoicism.

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

Lastly, Sellars examines the legacy of Stoicism, in which he chronologically explores the undulating interest in the philosophy and practice of Stoicism, bringing in examples such as the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian, closing the last pagan school in Athens, to the resurgence of interest in Cicero, during the Renaissance.


This has been going for as long as Stoicism has been swllars. It is an art which is to be both understood and practiced spiritual exercises. Good comprehensive introduction to classic stoicism Good book, does a fine job explaining classic stoicism.

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It’s just the perfect way to bring academic topics to the general public. It also draws on the idea that the Stoics took up from Heraclitus that everything is in a continual process of change. It also has incorporeal like void, time,space and sayables. For instance, a cue ball in a game of snooker will stay still until the player decides to hit it with their cue. I am a private person who abhors publicity. However, these apparent meanings were taken by the Stoics to be incorporeal and were therefore classified as things that merely “subsist”, as opposed to things that exist.

However from an overview, while the Stoic was expected to think for themselves, the core understanding as to what Stoicism was involved a belief in the God of all faiths. Sellars devotes a chapter each to th This is a great overview of Stoic philosophy. I will respond to three misrepresentations of Stoicism. Comprehensive and authoritative, atoicism easy to read at the same time, Stoicism by John Sellars covers three main Stoic philosophical discourses of logic, physics and ethics.

I also remember reading somewhere that there was one philosopher from antiquity who embodied the spirit of Socrates without being a Platonist who also deeply admired Diogenes, and his name was Epictetus. Contents The Stoic system.

The book is selkars useful as a reference work. Two philosophers who caught my mohn early on were Nietzsche and Spinoza. You look but you do not see. The player could of course have chosen to play a different ball and so what happens in the game is not ojhn — moment by moment the player has the free will to choose a course of action within the limits of the game.


I really like Stoicism as a philosophy in general so I’m biased, but this is a great overview and Aellars learned some new things about Stoics that I didn’t know as well as the more famous ones. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nothing that will happen today is of any consequence at all in the larger scheme of things.

The bridge on post-classical stoic-esque thought was also quite well written. I’m most likely to remember that – “emotion does not consist in being moved by impressions that are presented to the mind, but in surrendering to these and following up such a chance movement.

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

Clearly everybody should read this if they are new to stoicism before starting other books on the subject. John Sellars delivers what he promises to do, namely to introduce his readers to the basics of stoicism.

While I am not suggesting that John or others are intentionally doing this, there is no need tsoicism suppress or deride the Stoic teachings in this area, be it intentional or otherwise.