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Stoicism and the Art of Happiness / Edition 1
     

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness / Edition 1

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by Don Robertson
 

ISBN-10: 1444187104

ISBN-13: 9781444187106

Pub. Date: 02/14/2014

Publisher: Quercus

This new guide to finding a happier way of life draws on the ancient wisdom of the stoics to reveal lasting truths and proven strategies for enhanced well-being. By learning what stoicism is, you can revolutionize your life, learning how to - properly - 'seize the day', how to cope in the face of adversity, and how to come to terms with whatever situation you're in.

Overview

This new guide to finding a happier way of life draws on the ancient wisdom of the stoics to reveal lasting truths and proven strategies for enhanced well-being. By learning what stoicism is, you can revolutionize your life, learning how to - properly - 'seize the day', how to cope in the face of adversity, and how to come to terms with whatever situation you're in.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444187106
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
02/14/2014
Series:
Teach Yourself: Relationships & Self-Help Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
135,977
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 0.75(h) x 8.00(d)

Table of Contents

Note on terminology and citations xiii

Preface: modern Stoicism xvii

What's this book all about?

Why focus on Stoic Ethics and psychotherapy?

A taste of the Stoic paradoxes

Stoicism today in the modern world

1 The way of the Stoic: 'Living in agreement with Nature' 1

Introduction: What is Stoicism?

The goal of life: 'living in agreement with Nature'

The twofold goal of life

The three theoretical topics of Stoicism

The three lived disciplines

2 Stoic Ethics: The nature of the good 23

What's important about Stoic Ethics?

The nature of the good

The virtues and vices

Stoic indifference to 'indifferent' things

Preferred indifferents and primary value

3 The promise of philosophy ('therapy of the passions') 49

What is the ancient 'promise of philosophy'?

The Stoic concept of Happiness (Eudaimonia)

The Stoic theory of the 'passions'

Automatic emotional reactions

What about the 'good' or 'healthy' passions?

4 The discipline of desire (Stoic acceptance) 75

What is the discipline of desire?

Contemplating the 'here and now'

Loving your fate and joyful acceptance

5 Love, friendship, and the ideal Sage 95

Stoicism and the philosophy of love

Stoic philanthropy and 'affinity' for others

How does a Stoic love?

Why is the Sage important to Stoicism?

How to contemplate the Sage

The seeds of wisdom in everyone

6 The discipline of action (Stoic philanthropy) 123

What is the 'discipline of action'?

Undertaking action with a 'reserve clause'

The Stoic archer

Undertaking action 'for the common welfare' of mankind

7 Premeditation of adversity 143

Why is anticipating future 'misfortunes' important?

How do Stoics premeditate adversity?

Habituation and imaginal exposure

Decatastrophizing imagery

Modelling and rehearsing coping skills

Eliminating surprise

Reversing 'hedonic adaptation'?

8 The discipline of judgement (Stoic mindfulness) 165

What is the 'discipline of judgement'?

Stoic psychology and theory of knowledge

'Objective representation' and 'physical definition'

Cognitive distancing in Stoicism

9 Self-awareness and the 'Stoic fork' 187

How is self-awareness developed in Stoicism?

The 'Stoic fork' or 'sovereign' precept

Postponement: not getting 'carried-away'

Why meditate morning and night?

10 The view from above and Stoic cosmology 211

Why is contemplating Nature important?

The Pythagorean 'festival'

The 'view from above' and 'cosmic consciousness'

The contemplation of impermanence and 'eternal recurrence'

Further Reading 233

References 236

Index 242

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ReaderWC 13 days ago
My comment is about physical quality of the book, not the content. The book has a very weak spine and was about the break as soon as I opened it to read. I will return the book as I don't believe it would last through the first reading. Very poor quality.