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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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But I have had a number of sustained periods just reading Stoic authors day after day, week after week, over the past twenty years and I have no doubt that a fair bit has been internalized along the way. I highly recommend this book for interested lay-people and for scholars who want to get stoiciem foothold on this slippery topic. It is only short but quite advanced and so only suitable for people already familiar with philosophy.

It contains if and then propositions. 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 disregarded completely.

Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Dec 14, Jayant Yadav rated it really liked it.

In both selkars I came across studies that made connections to Stoicism. Logic differs from the Aristotle syllogism.

The chapter on the influence of stoicism in later centuries was very helpful. This is perhaps best demonstrated by one of the more peculiar Stoic teachings: How has Stoicism affected the way you live your life? This connects to the discussion concerning sentences referring to non-existent sellasr, active in the early 20th century and something in which Bertrand Russell was engaged.

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

They acknowledged a distinction between nonsensical “utterances” that have no intrinsic meaning, and “sayables”, which are utterances that express johm certain meaning. If people want to follow the Fourth Stoa, good. Cause and effect is part of the rational manifestation of the Cosmos, but so also is the conscious input that starts new lines of cause and effect or that tries to guide existing lines stoicixm cause and effect towards desired goals.


As we mentioned in our last interview with Dr.

Interview: John Sellars

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: It reminded me of Spinoza’s philosophical god. Brendan Sonnichsen rated it really liked it Oct 03, Jan 08, Timothy Kestrel 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. Ancient Philosophies 10 books. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This is what Stoicism tells us — you can believe it or not. He is also organizing a Stoicon event in London on October 21st and you can get a ticket here. Many of the ideas, from the physics in particular, have been superseded, but a surprising amount of material from the logic and the ethics remains relevant today.

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.

It is also a way of reconnecting with a classical tradition of thought that has been a vital part of Western culture for centuries but more recently has fallen off typical educational curricula. The player could of course have chosen to play a different ball and so what happens in the game is not preordained — moment by moment the player has the free will to choose a course of action within the limits of the game.

This book provides an overview of the history of Stoicism as well as the three main components of Stoic philosophy which include Physics, Logic and Ethics. The Stoics have an entirely materialist and “body-based” answer: Instead I found it via a number of different tangential routes. The first few centuries of our era saw many philosophers who explicitly identified themselves as Stoics but they now depended on texts for their knowledge of Athenian Stoic philosophy.

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.

Paperbackpages. Fundamentally, Stoic ethical teaching instructs us to recognize what is and is not in our control. Notify stoicis of follow-up comments by email. The Hellenistic Stoics were philosophers and, like all philosophers, were prone to argue among themselves. Sep 17, Zoubir rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the difficulties which Sellars explores is the availability of primary sources on the philosophy and practice of Stoicism. Others prefer to avoid labels. What is a Stoic?


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. I spend the bulk of my time reading, thinking, and writing about philosophy. Both Epictetus and Marcus continually insist that we face up to the reality of both particular situations we find ourselves in and the human condition in general.

Actually the theory is the same as Stoic theory just in different words. Nigel, As I already said, I prefer anonymity.

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.

For the Stoics philosophy is an art or craft analogous to medicine.

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

Stoic logic is a subject worthy of attention, it presents a complement to Aristotle’s syllogisms in that it deals with propositional logic, which selars inventor of logic left out completely.

However it would be stoocism 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 the first three Stoas and the Fifth Stoa.

If Chrysippus was the great philosopher many in antiquity claimed him to be then surely he could have developed his views and changed his mind over time.

Alex Lickerman, we have been fascinated with the parallels between Stoicism and Buddhism and are eager to learn more.