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  1. A. A. Long & William O. Stephens, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.11.03.
    Up to now scholars have not approached E[pictetus] as author, stylist, educator, and thinker, according to the eminent scholar of Stoicism Tony L[ong]. The aim of this book is to fill precisely this gap. L wants "to provide an accessible guide to reading E, both as a remarkable historical figure and as a thinker whose recipe for a free and satisfying life can engage our modern selves, in spite of our cultural distance from him" (2). This goal is met admirably. (...)
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  2. William O. Stephens, Stoic Voice Journal.
    Charlie Croker, a self-made real estate tycoon, ex-Georgia Tech football star, horseback rider, quail-hunter, snakecatcher, and good old boy from Baker county Georgia, is the protagonist in Tom Wolfe’s latest novel, the deliciously provocative A Man in Full (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998).  In this article I examine the evolving conception of manhood in Wolfe’s novel.  Two different models of manliness will be delineated and compared. The first model—represented by Charlie Croker—gradually weakens and is replaced by the (...)
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  3. William O. Stephens, To Eat Flesh They Are Willing, Are Their Spirits Weak? Vegetarians Who Return to Meat.
    interpreted to support the ethical case for vegetarianism.[3] Yet to my knowledge Aronson’s is the first book devoted to lapsed vegetarians, which she dubs “lapsosâ€. Aronson declares “...I have no intention of answering the question posed in the book's title, although I shall ask what it means†(3). Yet, evidently despite her intention, by the end of the book she writes “...many struggle with the implications of eating or not eating meat. In the struggle itself, the spirit is strengthened; to (...)
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  4. William Stephens, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 97.6.12.
    Oxford Studies vol. XIV contains five free-standing articles (on Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics), an exchange between Job van Eck and Christopher Rowe about a key passage in the Phaedo, and three lengthy review articles: Michael Wedin on David Bostock's Aristotle: Metaphysics Z and ; Gail Fine on R.J. Hankinson's The Sceptics ; and Anne Sheppard on John Dillon's Alcinous. Only the briefest sketch of the volume is possible.
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  5. William Stephens, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.11.03.
    Up to now scholars have not approached E[pictetus] as author, stylist, educator, and thinker, according to the eminent scholar of Stoicism Tony L[ong]. The aim of this book is to fill precisely this gap. L wants "to provide an accessible guide to reading E, both as a remarkable historical figure and as a thinker whose recipe for a free and satisfying life can engage our modern selves, in spite of our cultural distance from him" (2). This goal is met admirably. (...)
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  6. William Stephens, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1999.11.21.
    This work is the latest contribution to the Clarendon Later Ancient Philosophers series edited by Jonathan Barnes and A. A. Long. As with the earlier volumes (John Dillon's Alcinous, The Handbook of Platonism , R. J. Hankinson's Galen, On the Therapeutic Method Books I and II, Richard Bett's Sextus Empiricus, Against the Ethicists , and D. L. Blank's Sextus Empiricus, Against the Grammarians ), D(obbin) provides an introduction, an English translation, and a critical commentary predominantly focused on the philosophical content (...)
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  7. William Stephens, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 97.6.
    This volume is a collection of fifteen essays (seven on epistemology, eight on ethics), all but one of which are articles previously published between 1974 and 1994. The one new essay, "Methods of sophistry", is the opening chapter. Chapter Two, "KRITH/RION TH=S A)LHQEI/AS," and Chapter Six, "On the difference between the Pyrrhonists and the Academics", were originally published in German, and are translated into English in this volume.
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  8. William Stephens, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.07.56.
    Stoics' theory of emotion squashes such misconceptions. Graver follows her earlier work on Cicero on emotions 1 with a lucidly written (though at times less than maximally engaging), compellingly argued, and carefully researched investigation which should remain an indispensable resource for study of the Stoics on emotions for years to come. As it is pitched to readers well versed in ancient Greek literature with a fair degree of philosophical training, scholars and graduate students in Classical philosophy will benefit the most (...)
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  9. William Stephens, Beastly Virtues: Animal Exempla in Seneca and Epictetus.
    It is curious that the imperial Stoics, following a precedent of Diogenes the Cynic, employ so many wide-ranging examples of animal behavior. For example, what are we to make of the rigid dichotomy Seneca and Epictetus draw between rational and nonrational beings in relation to the diverse comparisons they make between human virtues and vices on the one hand and animal excellences and "bestial'behaviors on the other? Why are the most potent, diverse, and philosophically significant animal exempla found in Seneca (...)
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  10. William Stephens, By William O. Stephens.
    More than 2,200 years have passed since a group of sober people gathered in a covered colonnade, or stoa, in the marketplace of Athens to discuss the good life – a life of virtue and honor. They became known as Stoics, and their ancient creed is enjoying a renaissance today in, of all things, popular culture.
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  11. William Stephens, Home | Archives | Announcements | About the Journal | Submission Information | Contact Us.
    Are animals our domestic companions, fellow citizens of the ecosystems we inhabit, mobile meals and resources for us, or some combination thereof? This well chosen collection of essays written by recognized scholars addresses many of the intriguing aspects concerning the controversy over meat consumption. These aspects include not only eating meat, but also hunting animals, breeding, feeding, killing, and shredding them for our use, buying meat, the economics of the meat industry, the understanding of predation and food webs in ecology, (...)
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  12. William Stephens, Lessons in Liberation: Epictetus as Educator.
    My project is to examine in detail Epictetus’ philosophy in order to provide a deeper understanding of him as a Stoic educator keen on liberating his students from unhappiness. This understanding of Epictetus will provide the grist for developing an Epictetan approach to navigating various challenges in contemporary life, including animals, games and sport, travel, death, and love.
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  13. William Stephens, Marcus Aurelius.
    How putrid is the matter which underlies everything. Water, dust, bones, stench. Again, fine marbles are calluses of the earth; gold and silver, its sediments; our clothes, animal-hair; their purple, blood from a shellfish. Our very breath is something similar and changes from this to that. Meditations, 9 36).
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  14. William Stephens, Star Wars and Philosophy.
    Join our e-mail list Volume 12 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series All Titles Sensed a disturbance in The Force lately? This is what’s been setting your midi-chlorians tingling. Seventeen Jedi adepts got Series..
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  15. William O. Stephens, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.08.08.
    The decision to publish a doctoral dissertation, especially one which has only been “lightly edited” (foreword, first sentence) and with a bibliography only partially updated to reflect the scholarship of the intervening years, must always seem a risky one. In this case the risk is well taken and the resultant book is a delightful addition to our too meager store of book length overviews of Epictetus’ philosophy in the wider context of Stoic ethics.
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  16. William O. Stephens, College Bans Nietzsche Quote on Prof's Door.
    Kerry Laird, a literature and composition professor who does not have tenure, is in his first year at Temple. He said that, as a student and instructor, he always enjoyed the way professors use their office doors to reveal bits of their personality and to challenge students with cartoons, artwork, and various phrases. So when he started at Temple, he put a cartoon up showing Smokey the Bear, a girl scout and a boy scout and the tag line: “Kids — (...)
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  17. Jeffrey Bell, Nick Crossley, William O. Stephens, Shannon Sullivan, David Leary, Margaret Watkins, Robert Miner, Thornton Lockwood, Terrance MacMullan, Peter Fosl, Dennis Des Chene, Clare Carlisle & Edward Casey (2013). A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu. Lexington Books.
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  18. William Stephens (2012). The Ideal of the Stoic Sportsman. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 31 (2):196-211.
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  19. William O. Stephens (2011). Can a Stoic Love? In Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (ed.), Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003. Rodopi.
  20. William O. Stephens (2011). If Friendship Hurts, an Epicurean Deserts : A Reply to Andrew Mitchell. In Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (ed.), Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003. Rodopi. 7.
    In “Friendship Amongst the Self-Sufficient: Epicurus” (this Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2001), Andrew Mitchell explores the Epicurean view of the relationship between self-sufficiency and friendship by contrasting it with the views of Aristotle and the Stoics. Epicurus, Aristotle, and the Stoics do indeed have interestingly different views on friendship that are well worth comparing. Yet Mitchell’s characterization of Aristotelian friendship is misleading, his account of Stoic friendship is inaccurate, and his interpretation of Epicurean friendship is curiously imaginative but (...)
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  21. William O. Stephens (2011). Separated Spouses and Equal Partners : Cicero, Ovid, and Marriage at a Distance. In Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (ed.), Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003. Rodopi.
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  22. William O. Stephens (2011). Wise Woman Versus Manic Man : Diotima and Alcibiades in Plato's Symposium. In Adrianne Leigh McEvoy (ed.), Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003. Rodopi.
     
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  23. William O. Stephens (2009). The Philosophy of Epictetus. Ancient Philosophy 29 (2):477-483.
  24. William O. Stephens (2008). Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers: Humanity and the Humane in Ancient Philosophy and Literature. Social Theory and Practice 34 (1):139-145.
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  25. William O. Stephens (2008). Epictetus' Handbook and the Tablet of Cebes. Ancient Philosophy 28 (2):460-466.
  26. William O. Stephens (2008). Introducing New Gods. Ancient Philosophy 15 (2):598-601.
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  27. William O. Stephens (2008). Lukrez, der Kepos und die Stoiker. Ancient Philosophy 14 (2):461-463.
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  28. William O. Stephens (2008). The Roman Stoics. Ancient Philosophy 26 (2):438 - 443.
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  29. William O. Stephens (2007). Don't Worry, Be Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Troubled Times, by Peter J. Vernezze. Ancient Philosophy 27 (2):452-456.
     
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  30. William O. Stephens (2007). Don't Worry, Be Stoic. Ancient Philosophy 27 (2):452-456.
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  31. William O. Stephens (2007). Stoic Ethics: Epictetus and Happiness as Freedom. Continuum.
  32. William O. Stephens (2006). The Roman Stoics: Self, Responsibility, and Affection, by Gretchen Reydams-Schils. Ancient Philosophy 26 (2):438-443.
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  33. William O. Stephens, Stoic Ethics. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    The tremendous influence Stoicism has exerted on ethical thought from early Christianity through Immanuel Kant and into the twentieth century is rarely understood and even more rarely appreciated. Throughout history, Stoic ethical doctrines have both provoked harsh criticisms and inspired enthusiastic defenders. The Stoics defined the goal in life as living in agreement with nature. Humans, unlike all other animals, are constituted by nature to develop reason as adults, which transforms their understanding of themselves and their own true good. The (...)
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  34. William O. Stephens (2004). Simplicius. On Epictetus' Handbook 1–26. Ancient Philosophy 24 (2):519-523.
  35. William O. Stephens (2003). Die Funktion der Dialogstruktur in Epiktets Diatriben. Ancient Philosophy 23 (2):472-481.
  36. William O. Stephens (2003). Review of “Forgiveness and Revenge”. [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 4 (2):2.
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  37. William O. Stephens (1999). Logic and the Imperial Stoa (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 37 (2):357-359.
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  38. William O. Stephens (1997). The Case for Vegetarianism: Philosophy for a Small Planet. Environmental Ethics 19 (2):221-224.
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  39. William O. Stephens (1997). The Discourses of Epictetus. Ancient Philosophy 17 (1):268-273.
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  40. William O. Stephens (1995). Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion. Ancient Philosophy 15 (2):598-601.
  41. William O. Stephens (1995). Response: Straying and Spaying: What Do Cats Care About? Between the Species 11 (3):8.
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  42. William O. Stephens (1994). Five Arguments for Vegetarianism. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 1 (4):25-39.
    Five different arguments for vegetarianism are discussed: the system of meat production deprives poor people of food to provide meat for the wealthy, thus violating the principle of distributive justice; the world livestock industry causes great and manifold ecological destruction; meat-eating cultures and societal oppression of women are intimately linked and so feminism and vegetarianism must both be embraced to transform our patriarchal culture; both utilitarian and rights-based reasoning lead to the conclusion that raising and slaughtering animals is immoral, and (...)
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  43. William O. Stephens (1994). Lukrez, der Kepos Und Die Stoiker: Untersuchungen Zur Schule Epikurs Und Zu den Quellen Von de Rerum Natura. [REVIEW] Ancient Philosophy 14 (2):461-463.
  44. William O. Stephens (1994). Stoic Naturalism, Rationalism, and Ecology. Environmental Ethics 16 (3):275-286.
    Cheney’s claim that there is a subtextual affinity between ancient Stoicism and deep ecology is historically unfounded, conceptually unsupported, and misguided from a scholarly viewpoint. His criticisms of Stoic thought are thus merely ad hominem diatribe. A proper examination of the central ideas of Stoic ethics reveals the coherence and insightfulness of Stoic naturalism and rationalism. While not providing the basis for a contemporary environmental ethic, Stoicism, nonetheless, contains some very fruitful ethical concepts.
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  45. William N. Stephens (1968). Hypotheses and Evidence. New York, Crowell.
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  46. Robert F. Dobbin & William O. Stephens, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1999.11.21.
    This work is the latest contribution to the Clarendon Later Ancient Philosophers series edited by Jonathan Barnes and A. A. Long. As with the earlier volumes (John Dillon's Alcinous, The Handbook of Platonism , R. J. Hankinson's Galen, On the Therapeutic Method Books I and II, Richard Bett's Sextus Empiricus, Against the Ethicists, and D. L. Blank's Sextus Empiricus, Against the Grammarians), D(obbin) provides an introduction, an English translation, and a critical commentary predominantly focused on the philosophical content of the (...)
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