Stoicism by Sellars, John

By Sellars, John

This can be the 1st creation to Stoic philosophy for 30 years. aimed toward readers new to Stoicism and to old philosophy, it outlines the imperative philosophical principles of Stoicism and introduces the reader to the several historical authors and resources that they're going to come upon while exploring Stoicism. the diversity of assets which are drawn upon within the reconstruction of Stoic philosophy should be bewildering for the newbie. Sellars publications the reader in the course of the surviving works of the overdue Stoic authors, Seneca and Epictetus, and the fragments with regards to the early Stoics present in authors corresponding to Plutarch and Stobaeus. the outlet bankruptcy bargains an advent to the traditional Stoics, their works, and different old authors who file fabric approximately historic Stoic philosophy. the second one bankruptcy considers how the Stoics themselves conceived philosophy and the way they established their very own philosophical approach. Chapters 3-5 supply money owed of Stoic philosophical doctrines prepared in line with the Stoic department of philosophical discourse into 3 components: common sense, physics, and ethics. the ultimate bankruptcy considers the later impression of Stoicism on Western philosophy. on the finish of the amount there's a certain consultant to additional interpreting

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The Romans found many Stoic ideas congenial and Stoicism flourished within the Romanized world. In the first century BCE Cicero presented to the Latin-speaking world a number of important summaries of Stoic philosophy. Stoics abounded in Rome during the first century CE, from Seneca, Lucan and Persius to Musonius Rufus and Epictetus. The second century saw the culmination of the Roman appropriation of Stoicism in the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who expounded his own brand of Stoicism in his Meditations.

Enchiridion (Handbook) Galen PHP = De Platicis Hippocratis et Platonis (On the Doctrines of Hippocrates and Plato) Hierocles El. Eth. = Elementa Ethica (Elements of Ethics) Marcus Aurelius Med. = Meditations Musonius Rufus Diss. = Dissertationum a Lucio Digestarum Reliquiae (Remains of Discourses Reported by Lucius) Plutarch Mor. = Moralia (Moral Essays), two of which are cited separately: Com. Not. = De Communibus Notitiis (Against the Stoics on Common Conceptions) St. Rep. = De Stoicorum Repugnantiis (On Stoic Self-Contradictions) Seneca Const.

Adversus Indoctum 13) As with modern-day film stars, fans were apparently prepared to pay large sums of money for items handled by their idols. Any aspiring Stoic in the second century would no doubt have eagerly sought out Epictetus’ Discourses as recorded by Arrian, or even one of Epictetus’ pupils, if any of them turned themselves to teaching. And Epictetus’ posthumous success may well have been the decisive factor in the demise of ancient Stoicism as a continuing tradition. In order to develop this suggestion it will be necessary to consider Epictetus’ conception of philosophy and his attitude towards earlier school texts.

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