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 is impartial and factual. Within my own life, both personally and in my job as an academic, writing is really important.

Stoicism by John Sellars

All these different threads developed independently of one another, and all led me back in different ways to Stoicism. The jhn of the game is not settled before the game starts but unfolds as the player decides on their next action moment by moment.

So if the length of time a viewpoint has been around is anything to go by, it is time to recognise the two schools of the Fourth and the Fifth Stoas as being distinct schools each of which have their roots in the First, Second and Third Stoas. Alex Lickerman, we have been fascinated with the parallels between Stoicism stociism Buddhism and are eager to learn more.

Generally the Stoicism of the first three Stoas involved a belief in the Stoic view of the Deity, albeit that a few individuals of old did argue for moving towards the Epicurean take on such matters. The answer for me at that particular esllars in time was sitting still, doing nothing. Very interesting and informative!


Interview: John Sellars

Do you have anything else that you wanted to mention while we have the chance? I also remember reading somewhere that there was one philosopher from antiquity who embodied the spirit of Socrates without being a Platonist who also deeply admired Diogenes, and his name was Epictetus.

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? They can be cured by sllars rationality to the impression we receive.

This is a really great book, and one that I am certain I will come back to. I will respond to three misrepresentations of Stoicism. How would you introduce stoiciism and your work to our readers?

An excellent introduction to Stoicism and a very easy read. Open Preview See a Problem? In the field 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.

Books by John Sellars. How do you use Stoicism in your day-to-day life? Sellars discusses each of these areas in turn after giving us a brief overview of the lives of its most important thinkers.

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 thought up to the 20th century. One thing to be aware of is that it is aimed at readers with an academic interest in stoicism so a quarter of the book consists of glossaries, references etc.

Why don’t more books do this?!

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? These are perennial issues connected to the human condition. I grant you this: Learn how your comment data is processed.

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He also includes a fascinating account of the Stoic legacy from later antiquity to the present. It contains if and then propositions. I mentioned earlier that I turned to Zen during a difficult stoiciwm. He who lives by the sword will die by the sword.

So I was curious about what the philosophical common ground might be. They welcomed some doctrines but rejected or were silent about others. It’s just the perfect way to bring academic topics to the general public. Nietzsche himself acknowledged the connection while also sellaes very conscious of their differences. This strikes me as both false and psychologically damaging for many people.

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

Upon reaching this, one will be a Stoic sage. 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. Though it sounds too crude, it is in fact the following of virtue. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. This is part of a series of books that cover all of the sects in ancient philosophy including Epicureanism, Neoplatonism, and lots of others.