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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I think a number of different things pointed me towards Stoicism when I was first studying philosophy. These statements are either assented or rejected based on the clear, accurate nature of the impressions we receive. How did you first discover the philosophy and why did it have such a strong impact on you that you dedicated so many years to studying and understanding it?

Jan 08, Timothy Kestrel rated it it was amazing. I particularly like the idea that it is by studying Nature and understanding better how the natural world works that we can come to accept these as simply parts of the natural order of things rather than great tragedies or sources for melancholy.

It’s an introduction to the philosophy of stoicism really well explained and well written. A very deep look into Stoicism, the kind of book you want to keep picking up and going over, again and again. Aellars 23, Htb rated it it was amazing.

Whether anyone else reads it or likes it is another matter, and as an academic author I rarely have to think about sales figures in the way someone trying to make a living as a writer might do. Selected pages Seellars Page. Oh, and if you are going to insult a person you could at least come clean and identify yourself rather than hide behind some long dead identity.

Interview: John Sellars

A glossary of names and terms, and a reading list add to the resources Sellars offers his readers. 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. At that very general level I think it probably has contributed to my overall outlook on things.


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. Dec 14, Jayant Yadav rated it really liked it. Can you talk to us about something difficult you went through or something you struggled with and how your knowledge of Stoicism might have helped? If you are interested in this publication, you might want to check the paperback edition.

It always provides citations, and includes both a selection of books for further reading organized by topic AND a list of works cited arranged alphabetically.

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. These initial reactions are natural, but the Stoics saw sustained emotional distress as a choice, wrongfully but willingly entered into by the ignorant.

It is your free will that will decide which course to take despite there being no guarantee of the success of such action. Perhaps you even worship your ancestors—lots of people do. An excellent introduction to Stoicism.

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The second is from Marcus Aurelius 2. It also seemed to offer a very intellectual response, and, if anything, I needed a break from thinking!

Paperbacksellads. 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. Although today Stoicism is celebrated primarily as an ethical philosophy, John Sellars’s introduction demonstrates that Stoic thought was, in the time of its flourishing from the third century BC to the third century AD, a far more comprehensive intellectual johb than it is commonly given credit for.

Why don’t more books do this?! Good comprehensive introduction to classic stoicism Good book, does a fine job explaining classic stoicism. Alternatively one might focus on following Stoic guidance, living a Stoic life; someone who does this is a Stoic. Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Much of my academic work has focused on Stoicism and its later influence.


While there are certainly differences, Stoicism seems like a premodern attempt to do exactly what Whitehead attempted: University of California Press- History – pages. For eg if a dictator begans ruling the country, I may still be openly critical about him.

This is a great overview of Stoic philosophy. We are always looking to understand the parallels between Stoicism and different Eastern practices. I rest content in my understanding of Stoicism and how it fits with modern science.

Aug 26, Joe rated it really liked it. It has similarities with Buddhist idea of giving up attachment sstoicism concepts, so as to be able to accept the reality of things. Stoicism in the whole offers much that many miss by looking at it as individual details.

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This book provides a lucid, comprehensiv 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. By introducing the philosophical school through descriptions of the Stoics themselves, Sellars is able to formulate the evolution of Stoicism through the ages: This book provides a lucid, comprehensive introduction to this great philosophical school.

Epictetus was ambivalent towards school texts, instead suggesting that one should exhibit his or her abilities not in fine words but in fine deeds. The source of knowledge is basically derived from experience and written down in form of propositions. It is a selective view of the Stoicism passed down from the First, Second and third Stoas.