Stoics: A Guide for the Perplexed

Stoics: A Guide for the Perplexed

by M. Andrew Holowchak

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Stoics: A Guide for the Perplexed by M. Andrew Holowchak

Stoicism was a key philosophical movement in the Hellenistic period. Today, the stoics are central to the study of Ethics and Ancient Philosophy. In The Stoics: A Guide for the Perplexed, M. Andrew Holowchak sketches, from Zeno to Aurelius, a framework thatcaptures the tenor of stoic ethical thinking in its key terms. Drawing on the readily available works of Seneca, Epictetus and Aurelius, Holowchak makes ancient texts accessible to students unfamiliar with Stoic thought. Providing ancient and modern-day examples to illustrate Stoic principles, the author guides the reader through the main themes and ideas of Stoic thought: Stoic cosmology, epistemology, views of nature, selfknowledge, perfectionism and, in particular, ethics. Holowchak also endeavours to present Stoicism as an ethically viable way of life today through rejecting their notion of ethical perfectionism in favor of a type of ethical progressivism consistent with other key Stoic principles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847060440
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/22/2008
Series: Guides for the Perplexed Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

M. Andrew Holowchak is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, USA.

Table of Contents

Contents:List of AbbreviationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Stoic Sage2. The Stoic Progressor3. Equanimity in Adversity4. Equanimity in Prosperity5. The Heroic CourseAncient SourcesIndex

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