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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This belief runs throughout the writings and is recognised in all unbiased professorial assessments of the nature of the Stoicism of old. Even in its original incarnation in Athens, Stoicism was not a fixed set of doctrines adopted by unthinking disciples. Ah, let the insults abound. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. How many people have had to choose between staying with their families to help them protect their individual house or going to their jobs in the emergency services to try to protect the whole town?

The answer seems to be that the Stoics saw practical application as the summation of knowledge; the capstone of theoretical learning. Part of developing from an egotistical small child or a self-centred teenager into a well-balanced rational adult involves acknowledging and accepting the limits of our power and self-importance. Account Options Sign in. It also seemed to offer a very intellectual response, and, if anything, I needed a break from thinking!

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. Return to Book Page. Initially this reflected the fact that the founding members of the school met at a particular place, the Painted Stoa on the northern edge of the Agora in Athens, but over time came to reflect a commitment to a shared set of philosophical views.

I was curious about ancient philosophy in general, and fascinated by the figure of Socrates, but deeply disliked Plato. 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.


Although Epictetus has two attributed texts: They are all readily available in cheap paperbacks. These initial reactions are natural, but the Stoics saw sustained emotional distress as a choice, wrongfully but willingly entered into by the ignorant.

The source of knowledge is basically de ‘Philosophy is a medicine to cure the disease of the soul. May 07, Matt rated it it was amazing. Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus How does that square with your theory?

Interview: John Sellars

The texts of Chrysippus were still readily available during this period, as we can see from the frequent quotations in authors such as Plutarch and Galen; by late antiquity these were seemingly all sellqrs.

Even if they turn out to be true, the encounter will itself be a valuable opportunity to think about some important topics. Paperbackpages. Books by John Sellars. Why don’t more books do sellasr It contains if and then propositions. For instance, a cue ball in a game of snooker will stay still until the player decides to hit soicism with their cue.

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. Joun from the Cynics, the Stoics conceived of everything “real” as having some sort of material substance. However the idea of a philosophy as an abstract system of thought is very much a modern one, gaining currency in the eighteenth century, even if the Stoics did emphasize the unity of their own philosophy see e.

How did you first discover the philosophy and why did it have stoicsim a strong impact on you that you dedicated so many years to studying and understanding it? It contains logic, physics and ethics. Preview — Stoicism by John Sellars.


They believed that virtually all human misery was caused by a failure to properly make this distinction. One of our most important sources is the later Platonist Plutarch who quotes seemingly contradictory passages from works by Chrysippus in order to show the contradictions inherent in Stoicism.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is part of a series of books that cover all of the sects in ancient philosophy including Epicureanism, Neoplatonism, and lots of others This is a brilliant, accesible introduction to one of the most important philosophical sects in the ancient world.


Recurring paragraphs and excessive detailing may be a barrier for the layman. By introducing the philosophical school through descriptions of the Stoics syoicism, Sellars is able to formulate the evolution of Stoicism through the ages: Other things that are somehow real but not material and hence not existent are stoicismm, space and the void, all of which are said to subsist. The not so good: To ask other readers questions about Stoicismplease sign up. Aug 31, Lee rated it really liked it.

As John states, the Stoics of old enjoyed the debate and each tried to put their own spin on matters. Anyone can do it for it requires very little intelligence a total lack of understanding. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Apr 01, Leo Horovitz rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Stoics were thoroughly materialistic as opposed to idealisticnaturalistic, and empirical. Too many people seem to fall into the trap of thinking they must be either true believers or dismissive cynics. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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.

Notify me of new posts by email. They acknowledged a distinction between nonsensical “utterances” that have no intrinsic meaning, and “sayables”, which are utterances that express a certain meaning. We are always looking to understand the parallels between Stoicism and different Eastern practices.