The Stoic Sage

The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates

413egaxkn1L._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author René Brouwer
Isbn 9781107024212
File size 3.2MB
Year 2014
Pages 242
Language English
File format PDF
Category Philosophy

Book Description:

It’s really unfortunate that Cambridge Press chose to price this book so darn high, otherwise it would have probably reached a wider audience, given current interest in Stoicism. Oh well. I have published a four-part commentary on my blog (howtobeastoic dot org), if people are interested in a more in-depth discussion of The Stoic Sage. Brouwer begins with a couple of definitions of the Sage, i.e., the ideal Stoic practitioner, and how the concept informed Stoic philosophy in general. He then goes on to discuss how the transition from lay person to Sage may occur according to the Stoics — something similar, one might say, to achieving Enlightenment in Buddhism. The third chapter explores the Stoic conception of Sagehood in more depth, arguing among other things that no Stoic has ever claimed to actually be a Sage (unlike Epicurus, from one of the rival schools, who apparently unabashedly went around labeling himself with the title). The final chapter is all about Socrates, the figure that arguably came closest, for the Stoics, to being an actual Sage. The volume is scholarly in nature, and yet accessible to a well educated reader, and probably a worthy addition to your library, if you have an interest in Stoicism, ancient philosophy, or virtue ethics.



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