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4/21/11 3:09 PM
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Hello! I'm interested in learning more about Stoicism. I've been told to look at Marcus Aurelius, but I was wondering if there were any other useful authors out there. With regards to Aurelius' Meditations, is there a particular translation that is more useful than others? I've noticed multiple translations being sold for that book. Thanks ~ XKV.
4/22/11 11:25 AM
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Seneca

I like what stoicism has to say about pity and suffering.

About reason and other ethical matters not so much.
5/24/11 12:49 PM
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Oh hey, hope you see this even though i'm a bit late to the party...

My first reading in philosophy was The Handbook by Epictetus, which is a stoic work (Epictetus was Aurelius's teacher) and was written with the layperson in mind. Awesome intro philosophy work in general and especially for stoicism in particular.
7/18/11 5:12 PM
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Does stoicism encourage us to renounce part of what makes us human? To discard our passions, desires and emotional attachments?
7/24/11 1:39 AM
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2x Seneca.

LukeCranson, who's work are you talking about?
11/25/13 2:47 AM
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TTTing an old thread just to let interested parties know that Stoic Week 2013 starts today. It's an opportunity to explore Stoicism and its value in the modern world.

http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/stoicismtoday/stoic-week-2013/

I'm taking part. It should be an interesting experiment.
1/6/14 5:50 AM
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Read about the cynics first, particularly Diogenes of Synope (contemporary of Aristotle roundabout). Stoicism is basically cynicism combined with the humourlessness of platonism.
1/6/14 10:34 AM
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Diogenes, now that's a character. Phone Post
1/6/14 10:34 AM
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^if I'm thinking of the right guy Phone Post
4/10/14 2:52 AM
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good thread - I'm in the same boat OP. - Love this Quote by Marcus Aurelius

 

"Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill... I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together..."

4/20/14 1:08 PM
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Can't believe this thread is still alive! Thanks for all the suggestions.
4/23/14 9:54 AM
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The Stoics are under-read generally in philosophy. I wish I could have done a course on stoicism alone. There are two 'modern' books that very much embrace the spirit and are eminently easy to read, if I may,

http://www.amazon.com/Good-Evil-Great-Minds-Series/dp/157392752X/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1398261172&sr=8-13&keywords=good+and+evil

http://www.amazon.com/On-Basis-Morality-Arthur-Schopenhauer/dp/0872204421/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398261217&sr=8-1&keywords=on+the+basis+of+morality

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