Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind

Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind

by Nancy Sherman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195152166

ISBN-13: 9780195152166

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Here Nancy Sherman Delves Deeply into the Ancient Legacy of Stoicism and its relationship to the military. She explores what the Stoic philosophy actually is, the role it plays in the character of the military (both ancient and modern), and its powerful value as a philosophy of life. Marshalling anecdotes from military history-ranging from ancient Greek wars to World…  See more details below

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Here Nancy Sherman Delves Deeply into the Ancient Legacy of Stoicism and its relationship to the military. She explores what the Stoic philosophy actually is, the role it plays in the character of the military (both ancient and modern), and its powerful value as a philosophy of life. Marshalling anecdotes from military history-ranging from ancient Greek wars to World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq-Sherman illuminates the military mind and uses it as a window on the virtues of the Stoic philosophy, which are far richer and more interesting than our popularized notions. She explores the deep, lasting value that Stoicism can yield, in issues of military leadership and character; in the Stoic conception of anger and its control; and in Stoic thinking about fear and resilience, grief and mourning, and the value of camaraderie and brotherhood. Sherman concludes by recommending a moderate Stoicism, where the task for the individual, both civilian and military, youth and adult, is to temper control with forgiveness, and warrior drive and achievement with humility and humor. Stoic Warriors is a perceptive investigation of what makes Stoicism so compelling not only as a guiding principle for the military, but as a philosophy for anyone facing the hardships of life.

About the Author:
Nancy Sherman is University Professor at Georgetown University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195152166
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
A Brave New Stoicism     1
Sound Bodies and Sound Minds     18
Manners and Morals     42
A Warrior's Anger     64
Fear and Resilience     100
Permission to Grieve     130
The Downsized Self     150
Notes     180
Bibliography     209
Photograph Credits and Permissions     234
Index     235

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