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The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) [Paperback]

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May 5, 2003 0521779855 978-0521779852
This volume offers an odyssey through the ideas of the Stoics in three ways: through the historical trajectory of the school itself and its influence; the recovery of the history of Stoic thought; and finally, the ongoing confrontation with Stoicism. The study demonstrates how Stoicism refines philosophical traditions, challenges the imagination, and ultimately defines the kind of life one chooses to lead. Advanced students and specialists will discover a conspectus of developments in this interpretation of the Stoics and new readers will be drawn to its accessibility.

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"I thoroughly recommend this book to anybody with an interest in Stoicism, its history, and its legacy. [An] unqualified success. The Companion leaves us not only with a good impression of, and furthered interests in, the Stoics themselves, but also with the systematic question of whether Stoic ethics and moral psychology can be separated from their theoretical and cosmological commitments. If they can, they have a good deal to teach us moderns about the role of reason, emotion and virtue in human life." Dominique Kuenzle, University of Sheffield, Metapsychology

"...another fine volume in the Cambridge Companion series, a series which always delivers on it promise to give 'specialists' a solid conspectus of the latest scholarship..." -Ancient Philosophy, Jeffrey S. Purinton

Book Description

This volume offers an odyssey through the ideas of the Stoics in three ways: through the historical trajectory of the school itself and its influence; through the recovery of the history of Stoic thought; through the ongoing confrontation with Stoicism, showing how it refines philosophical traditions, challenges the imagination, and ultimately defines the kind of life one chooses to lead.New readers will find this the most accessible guide to the Stoics currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of developments in the interpretation of the Stoics.

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  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521779855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521779852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding tool for students and scholars April 18, 2007
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This is probably the best collection of scholarly articles on ancient Stoicism available. Brad Inwood has gathered together some of the top specialists in the field and has produced what is sure to be a standard and essential resource for scholars and students for years to come. Well written and edited, this is an ideal companion to the primary texts and fragments.

Contributors include: David Sedley, Christopher Gill, R.J. Hankinson, Suzanne Bobzien, Michael J. White, Keimpe Algra, Dorothea Frede, Jacques Brunschwig, Malcolm Schofield, Tad Brennan, R.J. Hankinson, David Blank & Catherine Atherton, Alexander Jones, T.H. Irwin, A.A. Long.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Companion" and not a Commentary or Guide December 19, 2012
By zauzich
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This book is a true "companion" rather than a commentary or guide to the Stoics in that it addresses issues that underly the writings and thought of the Stoics rather than merely summarizing ideas or commenting on various writings. This makes it an invaluable guide for bringing depth to one's reading and study of the Stoics enabling one to study them in their historical, social, and literary context so that one can study them with originality rather than being restricted to a particular point of view or interpretation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for serious students of stoicism May 14, 2014
By BW
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This beautifully edited volume, in 15 chapters written by some of the most distinguished philosophers, scholars and translators of the ancient texts, gives readers a compact, state-of-the-art overview and bibliography of Stoic systematic philosophy. It begins with two chapters on the history of the school, and concludes with a chapter on its philosophical significance in later Western philosophy. Between those two bookends are chapters on Stoic cosmology and theology, physics, metaphysics, determinism, logic, and ethics. The writing throughout is superb and accessible to anyone with even a slight acquaintance with ancient Stoicism. Nonetheless, it is aimed at the serious student – someone who is interested in the difficulties of reconstructing and interpreting the ancient texts, and learning about the philosophical differences between ancient Stoics themselves.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inaccessible January 10, 2007
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I found it to be a snobbish work full of obscure words and language, and boring. It is very scholarly and how brow, and a drag to read. I imagine that some persons would reason that this is appropriate for such a book, but even so, I could not finish it. It did not cast any light on the work of the stoics, not for me anyway. You might find it usefull though, but I did not.
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