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Ancient Philosophies #1: Stoicism


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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. Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. This book provides a lucid, comprehensive introduction to this great philosophical school. 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. John Sellars includes historical information on the life and works of the ancient Stoic philosophers and summaries, analyses, and appraisals of their principal doctrines in logic, physics, and ethics. He also includes a fascinating account of the Stoic legacy from later antiquity to the present. The volume includes a glossary and chronology, which, together with its accessible yet authoritative approach, makes it the ideal choice for students, scholars, and general readers interested in what Stoicism has meant, both philosophically and historically, for western civilization.


An introduction to Stoic philosophy and philosophers.


"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. I particularly applaud his focus on Epictetus and on Stoicism as an art of life. "—A.A. Long, author of Stoic Studies

About the Author

John Sellars, University of Oxford, is the author of The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy (2003) and Assistant Editor for the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Project, King's College London.

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1. Introduction

What is Stoicism?

The Early Stoics

The Middle Stoa

Late Stoic Authors

Other Sources

Decline and Loss of Texts

2. The Stoic System

How did the Stoics Conceive Philosophy?

The Role of the Stoic Sage

The ‘Three Parts of Philosophy

Philosophy and Philosophical Discourse

The Inter-Related Nature of the Stoic System

3. Stoic Logic

Logic in Antiquity

Stoic Dialectic

Philosophy of Language

Stoic Epistemology

Stoicism and Empiricism


4. Stoic Physics



God and Nature


Fate and Providence


5. Stoic Ethics

Self-Preservation and the Origin of Values

Real Goods and ‘Indifferents

The Emotions

Appropriate Actions

Virtue and Happiness

Living According to Nature

The Political Dimension


6. The Stoic Legacy

Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

The Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy

The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries



Glossary of Names

Glossary of Terms

Guide to Further Reading

Index of Passages

General Index

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