A deeply comforting and enlightening book on how Stoicism can inspire us to lead more enjoyable lives
What aspects of your life do you really control? What do you do when you cannot guarantee that things will turn out in your favour? And what can Stoicism teach us about how to live together?
In the past few years, Stoicism has been making a comeback. But what exactly did the Stoics believe? In Lessons in Stoicism, philosopher John Sellars weaves together the key ideas of the three great Roman Stoics -- Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius -- with snapshots of their fascinating lives, to show us how their ideas can help us today.
In vivid prose, Sellars shows how the works of these three Stoics have inspired readers ever since, speaking as they do to some of the perennial issues that face anyone trying to navigate their way through life. Their works, fundamentally, are about how to live -- how to understand one's place in the world, how to cope when things don't go well, how to manage one's emotions and how to behave towards others.
Consoling and inspiring, Lessons in Stoicism is a deeply thoughtful guide to the philosophy of a good life.
John Sellars is a lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of The Art of Living and one of the founder members of Modern Stoicism, the group behind Stoic Week, an annual global event inviting members of the public to 'live like a Stoic for a week' to see how it might improve their lives.