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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’s just the perfect way to bring academic topics to the general public. Dec 14, Jayant Yadav rated it really liked it. Sellars gives a short history of the main players in the first chapter, as well as a brief rundown of the influence of Stoicism on western kohn up to the 20th century.

How has Stoicism affected seellars way you live your life? This is a really great book, and one that I am certain I will come back to.


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? You are the author of The Art of Living: He is the author of one of the most popular academic texts on Stoicism as well as the forthcoming Hellenistic Philosophy. The first two chapters of this book provide a helpful historical overview and a basic introduction to the Stoic system.

As with the Cynics, Stoic ideas revolved around the supremacy of “nature” as an organizing principle. In what ways do you think Stoicism still matters today? How do you currently make use of Stoicism in your work?

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

It is a matter, not of words, but of facts[…] it moulds and constructs the soul; it orders our life, guides our conduct, shows us what we should do and what we should leave undone’. The rigid naturalism of the Stoics made their philosophy highly deterministic, and their ethical system was largely a method of reconciling a rather flimsy conception of the individual to the unimpedible power of nature.


However one might try to answer that question, the point I would like to make here is that the 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.

He describes the Stoic view on formal logic, language theory, epistemology; their materialist yet panpsychic ontology, based on the two active and passive principles mind and matter, God and world ; and their work on values, morality, and virtue. After this initial chapter follows a chapter on the overview of the Stoic system of philosophy, three chapters dedicated to the main parts of this system, namely: A good non-speialist introduction to stoicism.

It might help dispel some of the false ideas you currently espouse. In both cases I came across studies that made connections to Stoicism.

Interview: John Sellars

Atoicism is probably the best book on the introduction of Stoicism that I have read. 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 system than it is commonly given credit for.

It contains logic, physics and ethics.

Your email address will not be published. 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.

If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend Unshakable Freedomfollowed by Stoicism and the Art of Happinessand by then you’ll be well set up to sellags into this book.

stoiicism Even in its original incarnation in Athens, Stoicism was aellars a fixed set of doctrines adopted by unthinking disciples. The Stoics were thoroughly materialistic as opposed to idealisticnaturalistic, stoicixm empirical.


Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Preview — Stoicism by John Sellars. At the same time I was studying Greek philosophy. It is your free will that will decide which course to take despite there being no guarantee of the success of such action. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This book partially remedies this problem by giving a clear, engaging summary of ancient Stoic philosophy.

Mar 16, Ed rated it liked it. However it would be nice if the faith element of Stoicism was recognised as being what some follow and if it was not constantly presented as being irrelevant to a full understanding as to the nature of sellarss first three Stoas and the Fifth Stoa. By the way, did you know that the Roman Stoics were big into astrology? University of California Press- History – pages. Brendan Sonnichsen rated it really liked it Oct 03, I was studying Spinoza and found his approach to the emotions interesting.

Stoicism by John Sellars

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 dellars theoretical philosophy in areas such as logic and physics, subjects which the Cynics disregarded completely. To learn more about the wider philosophical system on which they are drawing and the earlier Athenian Stoics whose works are lost there are a number of introductions, including one by me.

I wish to give vent to my views but anonymously. Within my own life, both personally and in my job as an academic, writing is really important.