Sophia 55 (3):395-408 (2016)

John Sellars
Royal Holloway University of London
This paper examines Shaftesbury’s reflections on the nature of philosophy in his Askêmata notebooks, which draw heavily on the Roman Stoics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. In what follows, I introduce the notebooks, outline Shaftesbury’s account of philosophy therein, compare it with his discussions of the nature of philosophy in his published works, and conclude by suggesting that Pierre Hadot’s conception of ‘philosophy as a way of life’ offers a helpful framework for thinking about Shaftesbury’s account of philosophy.
Keywords Shaftesbury  Pierre Hadot  Stoicism  Philosophy as a way of life
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DOI 10.1007/s11841-015-0483-z
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