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The Stoic Life

Tad Brennan

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199256266
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603075 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256268.001.0001
The Stoic Life

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This reader-friendly introduction to the ethical system of the Ancient Greek Stoics combines state-of-the art scholarship with lively and accessible prose. It builds on the renewed attention that the Hellenistic philosophers have enjoyed in the last few decades, incorporating the best results of recent critical debates while staking out new positions on a variety of topics. Starting from scrupulous attention to the evidence (references are provided to all of the standard collections of Stoic texts), it then provides translations of the original texts, with extensive annotations that will allow readers to pursue further reading. No knowledge of Greek is required. An introductory section provides context by introducing the reader to the most important figures in the Stoic school, the philosophical climate in which they worked, and a brief summary of the leading tenets of the Stoic system. The book is divided into three sections. The first section provides a thorough exploration of the Stoic school’s theories of psychology, focusing on their analyses of fear, desire, and other emotions. The second section develops the more centrally ethical topics of value, obligation, and right action. The third section explores the Stoic school’s views on fate, determinism, and moral responsibility.

Keywords: Stoicism; Chrysippus; Epictetus; ethics; emotions; duties; fate; determinism

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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Why be a Stoic? in The Stoic Life

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Impressions and Assent in The Stoic Life

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Belief and Knowledge in The Stoic Life

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Impulses and Emotions in The Stoic Life

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Goods and Indifferents in The Stoic Life

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Final Ends in The Stoic Life

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