Monday, November 30, 2015

Books on Stoicism

I recently read The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking and it has me interested in Stoicism, Buddhism and meditation. I came across this list on Reddit but couldn't get it to link to Pinterest. So I copied it here for my own reference. I may update this with my reviews as I actually read these (if I actually read all of them). I may take some off the list and add in some different books on meditation and Buddhism along the way, but rather than overload my goodreads list with all of these books - I decided to list them here and then add them to goodreads as I decide which ones I am actually going to read ;)

1) A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
     by William Braxton Irvine
This was my re-introduction to stoicism and led me to think that I should incorporate stoic practice into my life. It is not academic but I have not found major contradictions with my understanding of the ancient texts. Review by Walter M. Roberts III here
2) Stoic Serenity: A Practical Course on Finding Inner Peace
     by Keith Seddon
Originally intended as a correspondence course, this book has writing assignments and uses Meditations and Letters from a Stoic as references. You will want to use the versions I have listed below if possible since the page numbers and paragraph references are specific to those editions.
3) Meditations (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature)
     by Marcus Aurelius (Robin Hard translation)
Edition used by Seddon's book/course above.
4) Letters from a Stoic (Penguin Classics)
     by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Robert Campbell translation)
Edition used by Seddon's book/course above.
5) Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life
     by A. A. Long
This is extremely valuable for intermediate/advanced study. I recommend it after having a good understanding of stoicism and Epictetus so that the issues and interpretations have some context. Review by William O. Stephens here
6) Stoic Studies (Hellenistic Culture and Society)
     by A. A. Long
Review by William O. Stephens here
7) The Hellenistic Philosophers, Vol. 1: Translations of the Principal Sources, with Philosophical Commentary
     by A. A. Long and David Sedley
AA Long is one of the living experts, if not THE living expert on Stoicism. I have seen this text referenced multiple times.
8) The Hellenistic Philosophers: Volume 2, Greek and Latin Texts with Notes and Bibliography
     by A. A. Long and David Sedley

9) Hellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics, Second edition
     by A. A. Long
According to one of the comments, this contains different material from the The Hellenistic Philosophers Vol 1 & 2.
10) Stoicism (Ancient Philosophies)
     by John Sellars
This is an introductory academic text that is used in the College of Stoic Philosophers - the online course offered by NewStoa.
11) The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy (Bristol Classical Paperbacks)
     by John Sellars
Review by Brad Inwood here
12) Musonius Rufus: Lectures and Sayings
     by Cynthia King
Rufus was Epictetus' Stoic teacher, and this recent book is the first translation of his complete extant works. Review by William O Stephens here
13) The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
     by Pierre Hadot
Review by Rachana Kamtekar here
14) What Is Ancient Philosophy?
     by Pierre Hadot
Review by Donald Zeyl here
15) Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault
      by Arnold I. Davidson

16) The Stoics Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia
      by Brad Inwood
Review by Tiberiu Popa here
17) Reading Seneca: Stoic Philosophy at Rome
      by Brad Inwood
Review by Katja Maria Vogt here
18) The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)
      by Brad Inwood
Review by Joachim Lukoschus here
19) A New Stoicism
     by Lawrence C. Becker
Review by R.W. Sharples here
20) The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy
     by Donald Robertson
A summary of a review is on the books website here
21) The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate
     by Tad Brennan
Review by Andrew Smith here Review by Gretchen Reydams-Schils here
22) Epictetus' Handbook and the Tablet of Cebes: Guides to Stoic Living
     by Epictetus
Review by Michael Trapp here
23) Discourses, Books 1-2 (Loeb Classical Library)
     by Epictetus

24) Epictetus: Discourses, Books 3-4. The Encheiridion. (Loeb Classical Library No. 218)
     by Epictetus
Everyone who has read multiple translations recommends these two volumes.
25) Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot (Reprint ed.)
     by James B. Stockdale
I read the text of two lectures Stockdale gave along these lines, I am interested in reading more.
26) A Man in Full
      by Tom Wolfe
Stoicism in a modern narrative format, my understanding is that Wolfe's conversations with Stockdale inspired this book.
27) Everything Has Two Handles: The Stoic's Guide to the Art of Living
     by Ronald W. Pies
Apparently this work is meant to show the confluence of other Religious ideas and Stoicism along with examples from modern therapy. Pies is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts Medical School.
28) The Philosophy of Epictetus
     by Theodore Scaltsas
Review by Brad Inwood here
29) Stoicism: Traditions and Transformations
     by Steven K. Strange
Review by Jon Miller here
30) The Meaning of Stoicism (Martin Classical Lectures. Volume XXI)
     by Ludwig Edelstein
From the NewStoa College of Stoic Philosopher's reading list
31) Heraclitus: Fragments (Phoenix Supplementary Volumes)
     by T.M. Robinson
From the NewStoa College of Stoic Philosopher's reading list

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