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The Stoic Life


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I. Introduction 1: Why be a Stoic? 2: The Ancient Stoics: People and Sources 3: The Ancient Philosophical Background 4: A Philosophical Orientation to Stoicism II. Psychology 5: Impressions and Assent 6: Belief and Knowledge 7: Impulses and Emotions III. Ethics 8: Goods and Indifferents 9: Final Ends 10: Oikeiosis and Others 11: Befitting Actions, Part I 12: Befitting Actions, Part II 13: Befitting Actions, Part III IV. Fate 14: God and Fate 15: Necessity and Responsibility 16: The Lazy Argument 17: The Evolution of the Will Conclusion 18: Taking Stock

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Tad Brennan is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University.


`Review from previous edition Written in an informal style, the book does not get bogged down in scholarship with all the appropriate references and knowledge of the best current literature and the ancient sources. Of the several recent books in Stoicism, this has become a personal favourite of this reviewer's by inviting the reader to take up, even of only temporarily, the Stoic lif... Brennan's book is an unusual specimen: a scholarly book that is hard to put down. Excellent bibliography and good index. Highly recommended.' Choice `To be able to expound a complex doctrine like Stoic ethics - rendered even more difficult by the evidence's fragmentary nature - in a lucid and trenchant manner is in itself a sign of philosophical acumen, but Brennan goes beyond mere exposition by advancing some of his own views. . . . To summarize the book would be to write it again, so rich is its content. ' Gretchen Reydams-Schils, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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