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John Sellars
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    The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy.John Sellars - 2003 - Ashgate.
    Questioning the premise that philosophy can only be conceived as a rational discourse, Sellars presents it instead as an art (techne) that combines both 'logos' ...
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    Stoicism.John Sellars - 2006 - Acumen Publishing.
    This book provides a lucid, comprehensive introduction to this great philosophical school.
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    Is God a Mindless Vegetable? Cudworth on Stoic Theology.John Sellars - 2011 - Intellectual History Review 21 (2):121-133.
    In the sixteenth century the Stoics were deemed friends of humanist Christians, but by the eighteenth century they were attacked as atheists. What happened in the intervening period? In the middle of this period falls Ralph Cudworth’s True Intellectual System of the Universe (1678), which contains a sustained analysis of Stoic theology. In Cudworth’s complex taxonomy Stoicism appears twice, both as a form of atheism and an example of imperfect theism. Whether the Stoics are theists or atheists hinges on whether (...)
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    Stoics Against Stoics In Cudworth's A Treatise of Freewill.John Sellars - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (5):935-952.
    In his A Treatise of Freewill, Ralph Cudworth argues against Stoic determinism by drawing on what he takes to be other concepts found in Stoicism, notably the claim that some things are ?up to us? and that these things are the product of our choice. These concepts are central to the late Stoic Epictetus and it appears at first glance as if Cudworth is opposing late Stoic voluntarism against early Stoic determinism. This paper argues that in fact, despite his claim (...)
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    Shaftesbury, Stoicism, and Philosophy as a Way of Life.John Sellars - 2016 - Sophia 55 (3):395-408.
    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.
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    Stoic Fate in Justus Lipsius's De Constantia and Physiologia Stoicorum.John Sellars - 2014 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (4):653-674.
    In his De Constantia of 1584, Justus Lipsius examines the Stoic theory of fate, distancing himself from it by outlining four key points at which it should be modified. The modified theory is often presented as a distinctly Christianized form of Stoicism. Later, in his Physiologia Stoicorum of 1604, Lipsius revisits the Stoic theory, this time offering a more sympathetic reading, with the four modifications forgotten. It is widely assumed that Lipsius’s position shifted between these two works, perhaps due to (...)
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    An Ethics of the Event.John Sellars - 2006 - Angelaki 11 (3):157 – 171.
    Deleuze, philosopher, son of Diogenes and Hypatia, sojourned at Lyon. Nothing is known of his life. He lived to be very old, even though he was often very ill. This illustrated what he himself had said: there are lives in which the difficulties verge on the prodigious. He defined as active any force that goes to the end of its power. This, he said, is the opposite of a law. Thus he lived, always going further than he had believed he (...)
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  8. Stoic Cosmopolitanism and Zeno's Republic.John Sellars - 2007 - History of Political Thought 28 (1):1-29.
    Modern accounts of Stoic politics have attributed to Zeno the ideal of an isolated community of sages and to later Stoics such as Seneca a cosmopolitan utopia transcending all traditional States. By returning to the Cynic background to both Zeno's Republic and the Cosmopolitan tradition, this paper argues that the distance between the two is not as great as is often supposed. This account, it is argued, is more plausible than trying to offer a developmental explanation of the supposed transformation (...)
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    Hellenistic Philosophy.John Sellars - 2018 - Oxford University Press.
    John Sellars presents a broad and lively introduction to Hellenistic philosophy. This was a rich period for philosophy, with the birth of Epicureanism and Stoicism, alongside the activities of Platonists, Aristotelians, and Cynics. Sellars offers accessible coverage of all areas from epistemology to ethics and politics.
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    Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy From Socrates to Plotinus, by John M. Cooper. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2014 - Mind 123 (492):1177-1180.
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    Body and Soul in Hellenistic Philosophy, Edited by Brad Inwood and James Warren (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2022 - Philosophy 97 (2):263-265.
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    The Stoics.John Sellars - 2018 - In Tom Angier (ed.), The History of Evil in Antiquity: 2000 BCE to 450 CE. Routledge. pp. 175-186.
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    Gilles Deleuze and the History of Philosophy.John Sellars - 2007 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (3):551-560.
    This article examines Gilles Deleuze's methodological approach to the history of philosophy. While Deleuze's readings of past philosophers may not stand up to the standards set by the scholarly history of philosophy, they may be approached more productively as a continuation of the approach developed by the ancient and medieval commentary tradition.
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    Deleuze and Cosmopolitanism.John Sellars - 2007 - Radical Philosophy 142:30.
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    Stoic Practical Philosophy in the Imperial Period.John Sellars - 2007 - Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies:115-40.
    An attempt to show the way in which the idea of 'philosophical exercise 'played an important role in the understanding of philosophy in Roman Stoicism.
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  16. The Point of View of the Cosmos: Deleuze, Romanticism, Stoicism.John Sellars - 1999 - Pli 8:1-24.
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    Ancient and Modern Stoicism - Sherman Stoic Wisdom. Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience. Pp. X + 294, Ills. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. Cased, £18.99, Us$24.95. Isbn: 978-0-19-750183-2. [REVIEW]John Sellars - forthcoming - The Classical Review:1-2.
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    J. P. F. Wynne Cicero on the Philosophy of Religion: On the Nature of the Gods and On Divination. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). Pp. 308. £75.00 (Hbk). ISBN 978 1 107 07048 6. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2022 - Religious Studies 58 (2):468-470.
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    Marion Bourbon, Penser L’Individu. Genèse Stoïcienne de la Subjectivité, Turnhout, Brepols, 2019, 424p. [REVIEW]John Sellars & Jean-Baptiste Gourinat - 2022 - Les Etudes Philosophiques 1:147-150.
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  20. Stoic Ontology and Plato’s Sophist.John Sellars - 2010 - Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 107:185-203.
    Book synopsis: Plato is perhaps the most readable of all philosophers. Recent scholarship on Plato has focused attention on the dramatic and literary form through which Plato presents his philosophy, an integral part of that philosophy. The papers in this volume for the first time consider Aristotle and the Stoics as readers of Plato. That these successors were influenced by the thought of Plato is a commonplace: the ‘whole of western philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato’. Arising from (...)
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  21. Marcus Aurelius in Contemporary Philosophy.John Sellars - 2012 - In Marcel van Ackeren (ed.), A Companion to Marcus Aurelius. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Chapter synopsis: This chapter contains sections titled: Modern Readers of the Meditations The 19th Century The 20th Century Rehabilitating Marcus Further Reading References.
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  22. The Meditations and the Ancient Art of Living.John Sellars - 2012 - In Marcel van Ackeren (ed.), A Companion to Marcus Aurelius. Oxford, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 453-464.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Marcus' Project Socrates and the Stoic Art of Living Types of Philosophical Text Assimilation and Digestion Writing the Self Further Reading References.
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  23. Plato's Apology of Socrates, A Metaphilosophical Text.John Sellars - 2014 - Philosophy and Literature 38 (2):433-45.
    Plato’s Apology is not merely an account of Socrates’ trial, it is also a work of metaphilosophy, presenting Socrates’ understanding of the nature and function of philosophy. This is a vital part of the text’s apologetic task, for it is only with reference to Socrates’ understanding of what philosophy is that we can understand, and so justify, his seemingly antisocial behaviour. Plato presents to us Socrates’ metaphilosophy in two ways: via what Socrates says and what he does. This twofold method (...)
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    Philosophy as a Way of Life.John Sellars - 2018 - The Philosophers' Magazine 83:60-65.
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  25. Materialism and Ethics: Learning From Epicurus.John Sellars - 2003 - The Philosopher 91 (2).
    A response to the claim that materialism leads to amoralism, aimed at a popular audience.
     
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    Pomponazzi Contra Averroes on the Intellect.John Sellars - 2016 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (1):45-66.
    This paper examines Pomponazzi's arguments against Averroes in his De Immortalitate Animae, focusing on the question whether thought is possible without a body. The first part of the paper will sketch the history of the problem, namely the interpretation of Aristotle's remarks about the intellect in De Anima 3.4-5, touching on Alexander, Themistius, and Averroes. The second part will focus on Pomponazzi's response to Averroes, including his use of arguments by Aquinas. It will conclude by suggesting that Pomponazzi's discussion stands (...)
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    Renaissance Philosophy.John Sellars - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (6):1195-1204.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Ahead of Print.
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    The Art of Living : Stoic Ideas Concerning the Nature and Function of Philosophy.John Sellars - 2001 - Dissertation, Warwick
    The aim of this thesis is to consider the relationship between philosophy and biography, and the bearing that this relationship has on debates concerning the nature and function of philosophy. There exists a certain tradition that conceives philosophy exclusively in terms of rational discourse and as such explicitly rejects the idea of any substantial relationship between philosophy and the way in which one lives. I shall argue that the claim that philosophy cannot have any impact upon biography is often based (...)
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    Tough Luck.John Sellars - 2011 - The Philosophers' Magazine 55 (55):72-76.
    The worst thing that can happen to us is to be blessed with a life of unending luxury, comfort, and wealth, for such a life would make one weak and lazy. But worst of all, the longer we experience a comfortable and easy life, the harder it will hit us when our luck fi nally changes, as it surely one day will.
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    Renaissance Averroism and Its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2015 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (3):583-585.
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    Renaissance Humanism and Philosophy as a Way of Life.John Sellars - 2020 - Metaphilosophy 51 (2-3):226-243.
    A long-established view has deprecated Renaissance humanists as primarily literary figures with little serious interest in philosophy. More recently it has been proposed that the idea of philosophy as a way of life offers a useful framework with which to re-assess their philosophical standing. However, this proposal has faced some criticism. By looking again at the work of three important figures from the period I defend the claim that at least some thinkers during the Renaissance did see philosophy as a (...)
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    The Cynics - Desmond Cynics. Pp. Vi + 290. Stocksfield: Acumen Publishing Ltd, 2008. Paper, £15.99 . ISBN: 978-1-84465-129-0. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2010 - The Classical Review 60 (1):56-58.
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    Justus Lipsius's De Constantia, A Stoic Spiritual Exercise.John Sellars - 2007 - Poetics Today 28 (3):339-62.
    This essay offers an introduction to Justus Lipsius's dialogue De Constantia, first published in 1584. Although the dialogue bears a superficial similarity to philosophical works of consolation, I suggest that it should be approached as a spiritual exercise written by Lipsius primarily for his own benefit.
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    Seneca’s Philosophical Predecessors and Contemporaries.John Sellars - 2014 - In Gregor Damschen & A. Heil (eds.), Brill's Companion to Seneca. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. pp. 97-112.
    This chapter examines the philosophical context in which Seneca thought and wrote, drawing primarily on evidence within Seneca's works. It considers Seneca's immediate teachers, his debt to the Stoic tradition, other Greek philosophical influences, and other contemporary philosophers.
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  35. Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2002 - Radical Philosophy 112.
     
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    Justus Lipsius On Constancy.John Sellars (ed.) - 2006 - Bristol Phoenix Press.
    This book makes available again a long out-of-print translation of a major sixteenth-century philosophical text. Lipsius' De Constantia (1584) is an important Humanist text and a key moment in the reception of Stoicism. A dialogue in two books, conceived as a philosophical consolation for those suffering through contemporary religious wars, it proved immensely popular in its day and formed the inspiration for what has become known as 'Neostoicism'. This movement advocated the revival of Stoic ethics in a form that would (...)
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    Marcus Aurelius.John Sellars - 2020 - Abingdon: Routledge.
    In this new study, John Sellars offers a fresh examination of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations as a work of philosophy by placing it against the background of the tradition of Stoic philosophy to which Marcus was committed. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is a perennial bestseller, attracting countless readers drawn to its unique mix of philosophical reflection and practical advice. The emperor is usually placed alongside Seneca and Epictetus as one of three great Roman Stoic authors, but he wears his philosophy (...)
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    The Pocket Epicurean.John Sellars - 2021 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    A short, smart guide to living the good life through the teachings of Epicurus. As long as there has been human life, we’ve searched for what it means to be happy. More than two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Epicurus came to his own conclusion: all we really want in life is pleasure. Though today we tend to associate the word “Epicurean” with indulgence in the form of food and wine, the philosophy of Epicurus was about a life well (...)
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    The Pocket Stoic.John Sellars - 2019 - Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
    To counter the daily anxieties, stress, and emotional swings caused by the barrage of stimuli that plagues modern life, many people have been finding unexpected solace in a philosophy from a very different and distant time: Stoicism. As John Sellars shows in The Pocket Stoic, the popular image of the isolated and unfeeling Stoic hardly does justice to the rich vein of thought that we find in the work of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, the three great Roman Stoics. Their (...)
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    The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition.John Sellars (ed.) - 2016 - Routledge.
    The ancient philosophy of Stoicism has been a crucial and formative influence on the development of Western thought since its inception through to the present day. It is not only an important area of study in philosophy and classics, but also in theology and literature. The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition is the first volume of its kind, and an outstanding guide and reference source to the nature and continuing significance of Stoicism.
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    Stoics and Cynics: M.-O. Goulet-Cazé: Les Kynica du Stoïcisme. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2005 - The Classical Review 55 (01):69-.
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    The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2004 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (3):337-338.
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    Stoics on the Big Screen.John Sellars - 2003 - Philosophy Now 41:44-45.
    Stoic themes in Ridley Scott's Gladiator.
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    The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate - by Tad Brennan. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2008 - Philosophical Books 49 (2):145-147.
  45. Nomadic Wisdom: Herodotus and the Scythians.John Sellars - 1998 - Pli 7:69-92.
     
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  46. Peter Abelard’s Stoic Ethics. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2002 - Pli 13:219-228.
    Peter Abelard, Collationes, Edited and Translated by John Marenbon and Giovanni Orlandi.
     
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  47. Socraticorum Maximus: Simon the Shoemaker and the Problem of Socrates.John Sellars - 2001 - Pli 11:253-269.
     
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    Epictetus.John Sellars - 2016 - Oxford Bibliographies in Classics.
    An annotated online bibliography on Epictetus covering editions and translations, scholarly work by topic, and later reception.
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    Epictetus: W.O. Stephens, Stoic Ethics. Epictetus and Happiness as Freedom. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2009 - The Classical Review 59 (1):79-.
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    Marcus Aurelius.John Sellars - 2015 - Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy.
    An annotated bibliographical guide to work on the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
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