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

They are all readily available in cheap paperbacks. Over the years I have applied for many jobs, but never had any control over which have been offered to me. Stoicism will have much to offer you. There are now some that are attempting to return to the full spiritual nature of Stoicism and this can be done stiocism looking to the whole of the writings, looking to how the Stoics of old developed their method of establishing what to believe and how they interlinked all the various Stoic principles and then extrapolating ideas as to how Stoicism would be if Zeno and his followers had been around today.

Like medicine it involves a body of complex ideas but, also like medicine, the point of learning those complex ideas is in order to achieve a very practical outcome. So, during that difficult period Stociism turned elsewhere for help, drawing on a longstanding interest in Zen Buddhism. They welcomed some doctrines but rejected or were silent about others. It is amazing how many books are written on this subject that just discuss it and do not give much thought to those of us today who are actually interesting in living it.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He is the author of one of the most popular academic texts on Stoicism as well as the forthcoming Hellenistic Philosophy.

The Art of Living: Professor John Sellars on Stoicism as a Medicine for the Mind

Nothing that will happen today is of any consequence at all in the larger scheme of things. This is what Stoicism tells selars — you can believe it or not. This is perhaps best demonstrated by one of the more peculiar Stoic teachings: I had sellarx lots of Nietzsche and found his comments both positive and negative about Stoicism intriguing.


How has Stoicism affected the way you live your life? We are not, it turns out, the centre of the universe. Do rest comfortable in your scepticism and if it makes you happy carry on trying to deride Stoicism. In part, it reflects the idea that we all just parts of a larger whole, Nature.

Interview: John Sellars

Its doctrines appealed to people from all strata of ancient society-from the slave Epictetus to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. However, these apparent meanings were taken by the Stoics to jojn incorporeal and were therefore classified as things that merely “subsist”, as opposed to things that exist.

Instead what we see is a series of family resemblances. Since then the reception of Stoic ideas has been closely bound up with the transmission of texts either by later Stoics Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius or by other, often hostile, authors reporting Stoic views. The book offers good and detailed understanding to a non-philosophy student.

Ah, let the insults abound. The source of knowledge is basically de ‘Philosophy is a medicine to cure the disease of the soul. Nietzsche himself acknowledged the connection while also being very conscious of their differences. This book provides a lucid, comprehensive introduction to this great philosophical school.

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. This book partially remedies this problem by giving a clear, engaging summary of ancient Stoic philosophy.

This book is beautifully written with clear divisions and headings and presents Stoicism as a dellars philosophy of life as compared to just using it in few situations. The Stoics try to get out of the problem by saying that they “subsist”. It is so meaningless as to be stoicixm and away beyond the clouds and out of this world. Logic differs from the Aristotle syllogism. As it is, have stoivism seen me argue for half of what you jkhn 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.

On emotions,the stoics consider unbridled delight or sorrow to be caused by wrong perception. Once this has been covered, Sellars explores the Stoic system, first by reiterating the idea of Epictetus that Stoicism is an art techne that transforms one’s way of life: How would you introduce yourself and your work to our readers?


At that very general level I think it probably has contributed to my overall outlook on things. One of the difficulties which Sellars explores is the availability of primary sources on the philosophy and practice of Stoicism.

Very interesting and informative! Sellars offers a thorough history and introduction to Stoicism. For eg if a dictator begans ruling the country, I may still be openly critical about him. Cicero, who wrote our earliest and in some ways most important accounts of Stoicism, visited Athens at a time when the Athenian schools were more or less at an end, but he did manage to attend the lectures of Posidonius in Rhodes, making him one of the last people to have first hand knowledge of the Athenian Stoic tradition.

Highly recommended for philosophers and non-philosophers alike. It bears some similarity to the charvaka’s notion of a material soul. I quickly found studies of both connecting them with Stoicism. Your email address will not be published. Our guest today, Professor John Sellars, has also made similar observations by pointing out analogies between Stoicism and Zen Buddhism.

There is history, science and experience that backs up the belief in the Divine Fire element of Stoicism. Two philosophers who caught my imagination early on were Nietzsche and Spinoza. By the way, did you know that the Roman Stoics were big into astrology?

It might help dispel some of the false ideas you currently espouse. Sellars writes clearly and to the point, teasing apart the Stoics’ arguments, presenting alternate interpretations, and fitting it all together into a comprehensive worldview, which was the Stoics’ whole point. The Stoics are commonly thought to have tried to suppress all of their emotions, but this isn’t really the case.

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