The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate

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Overview

Tad Brennan explains how to live the Stoic life - and why we might want to. Stoicism has been one of the main currents of thought in Western civilization for two thousand years: Brennan offers a fascinating guide through the ethical ideas of the original Stoic philosophers, and shows how valuable these ideas remain today, both intellectually and in practice. He writes in a lively informal style which will bring Stoicism to life for readers who are new to ancient philosophy. The Stoic Life will also be of great interest to philosophers and classicists seeking a full understanding of the intellectual legacy of the Stoics.
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"Brennan's book is an unusual specimen: a scholarly book that is hard to put down.... Highly recommended."—CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199217052
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 876,170
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tad Brennan is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

1 Why be a stoic? 3
2 The ancient stoics : people and sources 10
3 The ancient philosophical background 21
4 An overview of stoic ethics 35
5 Impressions and assent 51
6 Belief and knowledge 62
7 Impulses and emotions 82
8 Goods and indifferents 119
9 Final ends 134
10 Oikeiosis and others 154
11 What makes an action befitting? 169
12 Discovering the befitting : two models 182
13 Discovering the befitting : a better model 203
14 God and fate 235
15 Necessity and responsibility 242
16 The lazy argument 270
17 The evolution of the will 288
18 Taking stock 309
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