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The Stoics Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia (Hackett Classics) Paperback – September 15, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-0872209527 ISBN-10: 0872209520

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About the Author

Brad Inwood is Professor of Philosophy and Classics, University of Toronto.

Lloyd P. Gerson is Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872209520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872209527
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A reader on November 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
With due respect to the previous reviewer, the reason this book seems like a "chopped mess" is because it is a book of fragments - the ancient Stoic tradition is itself extremely fragmentary, a fact hardly the fault of Inwood and Gerson. By bringing many of the most important of those fragments together in an inexpensive edition, the editors have actually done a great service to those who desire not just a book about Stoicism, but access to the primary texts in an accessible fashion. This book is particularly helpful to beginning students in ancient philosophy.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Rubin on February 2, 2009
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Hackett fills a valuable niche in classical studies by selling at student-friendly prices new, readable translations with extensive notes and helpful introductions. This book is particularly useful: it brings together a number of otherwise hard-to-find translations of basic writings of the Stoics. I imagine this book will stay in print a long time.

The same might be said of another recent Hackett publication, a 2006 translation of On Academic Scepticism, a book that might be considered a kind of counterpart to the Stoics Reader: call it Cicero's Hellenistic Reader. By doing friendly battle during the Roman Republican period, the Stoics and Sceptics covered endlessly interesting subject matter in ways that remain accessible to any curious modern reader.

Other Hackett titles that come to mind: a handy Epicurus Reader; the Nichomachan Ethics; a remarkable complete Plato. I wonder how the publisher manages to offer these new translations at such low prices? I look forward to filling my library with their future efforts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron W on March 3, 2014
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While Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius are available in a multitude of editions, this text brings the testimonia and fragments of many of the other Stoic writers so commonly mentioned by E. and M.A. It is arranged as in accord with their "trivium" of Logic and Theory of Knowledge, Physics (which, perhaps ironically, includes theology), and Ethics. I felt like this was the class; i.e., the prerequisites, that young students would take before going to Epictetus to learn what Stoicism really was. Frankly, I was astounded that so much material exists; i.e., this is not badly fragmented like the presocratics but fits together almost like an organized treatise. I am certain that beyond all the years of research to identify the texts, the editors must have spent countless hours in arranging the material.

If you love the Stoics, you'll find that nearly every page of this work is worth the price of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BW on May 14, 2014
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The editors have provided elegant new translations of substantial selections from a wide range of ancient texts, on topics in Stoic physics and metaphysics as well as Stoic ethics. There are also helpful additional features, including the fine introduction by the editors, a glossary of technical terms, bibliography and indexes. Excellent text for a course introducing Stoicism, and a good source for people reading their way into the current scholarly and philosophical literature on the subject– as well as for people returning to the subject after a lengthy interval..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mease on January 15, 2015
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This is an effective tool for sharing historical insights into the Stoic school in the classical world. That said, the omission of Aurelius is staring, inappropriate and poorly defended in the works introduction. This is a better too for scholars than laymen, who are better offer reading the classics (Epictetus, Aurelius) that focus on ethical principles.

Read the footnotes; they're very effective as an aid to understanding the material.
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