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John Sellars
Royal Holloway University of London
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Deleuze and Cosmopolitanism.John Sellars - 2007 - Radical Philosophy 142:30.
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    Qu’Est-Ce Que La Philosophie Antique? [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2004 - The Classical Review 54 (1):69-70.
  16. Justus Lipsius.John Sellars - 2002 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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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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    B. Inwood and L.P. Gerson,The Stoics Reader. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2010 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 130:280-281.
  19. Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2002 - Radical Philosophy 112.
     
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    Epictetus, Dissertationes 1.18.10.John Sellars - 2016 - Classical Quarterly 66 (1):410-413.
    The Bodleian manuscript of Epictetus' Dissertationes was identified as the archetype of all surviving copies by the presence of an ink smudge on one page obscuring part of the text. Editors have made a variety of conjectures in order to generate a meaningful text. With the aid of high resolution digital images the text obscured by the ink smudge has been re-examined and the various emendations that have been proposed are assessed.
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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. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2003 - The Classical Review 53 (1):65-67.
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    Epictetus: A. A. Long, Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2003 - The Classical Review 53 (01):65-.
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    Editorial Introduction.John Sellars - 2006 - Angelaki 11 (3):1 – 3.
    I survey some important semantical and axiomatic theories of self-referential truth. Kripke's fixed-point theory, the revision theory of truth and appraoches involving fuzzy logic are the main examples of semantical theories. I look at axiomatic theories devised by Cantini, Feferman, Freidman and Sheard. Finally some applications of the theory of self-referential truth are considered.
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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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    Agostino Nifo Ed. By Leen Spruit. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2013 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 51 (4):680-681.
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    Henry More as Reader of Marcus Aurelius.John Sellars - 2017 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (5):916-931.
    I examine Henry More’s engagement with Stoicism in general, and Marcus Aurelius in particular, in his Enchiridion Ethicum. More quotes from Marcus’ Meditations throughout the Enchiridion, leading one commentator to note that More ‘mined the Meditations’ when writing his book. Yet More’s general attitude towards Stoicism is more often than not critical, especially when it comes to the passions. I shall argue that while More was clearly an avid reader of the Meditations, he read Marcus not as a Stoic but (...)
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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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    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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    Byzantine Philosophy and Its Ancient Sources. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2004 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (2):341-344.
  31. Marcus Aurelius.John Sellars - 2002 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
     
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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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    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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. Neostoicism.John Sellars - 2002 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  37. Nomadic Wisdom: Herodotus and the Scythians.John Sellars - 1998 - Pli 7:69-92.
     
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    Philosophy as a Way of Life.John Sellars - 2018 - The Philosophers' Magazine 83:60-65.
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    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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  40. 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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    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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    Stoics on the Big Screen.John Sellars - 2003 - Philosophy Now 41:44-45.
    Stoic themes in Ridley Scott's Gladiator.
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    Qu'est-Ce Que la Philosophie Antique?: P. Hadot: What is Ancient Philosophy? [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2004 - The Classical Review 54 (01):69-.
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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.
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    Review of Han Baltussen, Philosophy and Exegesis in Simplicius: The Methodology of a Commentator[REVIEW]John Sellars - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (5).
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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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    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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    Stoics and Cynics. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2005 - The Classical Review 55 (1):69-70.
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    Standard Edition: Complete Works, Correspondence and Posthumous Writings. [REVIEW]John Sellars - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (3):613-616.