Stoicism (Chesham: Acumen & Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) - reprinted 2010
This book offers a general introduction to Stoicism, the first for over 30 years (since Sandbach's The Stoics from 1975, or Long's Hellenistic Philosophy from 1974). It outlines the central philosophical ideas of Stoicism and introduces the reader to the different ancient authors and sources that they will encounter when exploring Stoicism. The range of sources that are drawn upon in the reconstruction of Stoic philosophy can be bewildering for the beginner. The book guides the reader through the surviving works of the late Stoic authors, such as Seneca and Epictetus, and the fragments relating to the early Stoics found in authors such as Plutarch and Stobaeus. The opening chapter offers an introduction to the ancient Stoics, their works, and other ancient authors who report material about ancient Stoic philosophy. The second chapter considers how the Stoics themselves conceived philosophy and how they structured their own philosophical system. Chapters Three to Five offer accounts of Stoic philosophical doctrines arranged according to the Stoic division of philosophical discourse into three parts: logic, physics, and ethics. The final chapter considers the later impact of Stoicism on Western philosophy, from late antiquity to the present.
Praise for Stoicism:
'Stoicism needs a new work of this kind. Sellars not only takes good account of the last thirty years of research, he also has much of his own to contribute. I particularly applaud his focus on Epictetus and on Stoicism as an art of life' (A. A. Long, University of California, Berkeley);
'A lucid, informative and thoughtful introduction to Stoicism. The book provides an overview of the history of the school, the philosophy as a system, the three main branches of Stoic theory, and the Stoic legacy, in a way that is both highly readable and yet based on solid academic study' (Christopher Gill, University of Exeter).
'It's easy to recommend this book as the best introduction to the subject' (The Philosophers' Magazine 37) [Read full review]
'Sellars's book highlights important issues. He has provided an excellent introduction to Stoicism for all who want to know more about it, and that is a considerable achievement' (Philosophical Books 48/2 (2007)) [Read full review]
'This is an outstanding, and long-desired, introduction to the Stoics ... Sellars has risen splendidly to the challenge of providing a new generation of students with an introduction to Stoicism. I recommend the book without hesitation. It is clearly written, well organized, and beautifully produced' (The Heythrop Journal 49/3 (2008)) [Read full review]