I recently compiled an annotated bibliography on Marcus Aurelius for Oxford Bibliographies Online. It is now available online (requires subscription).
This week I have sent to press the manuscript for The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition. The volume tries to map out the history of the reception of Stoic ideas from antiquity to the present. In my Introduction I say a bit about Hellenistic Stoicism and the transmission of Stoic texts from the decline of the Hellenistic Stoa down to the present day. The subsequent 26 chapters discuss the reception of Stoicism in Rome, Christianity, late antiquity (Neoplatonism, Augustine, Boethius), the Middle Ages, the Renaissance (in Italy; also Lipsius, Erasmus, Calvin), early modern philosophy and literature, and on to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Naturally it does not cover everything, and a couple of topics I had hoped to include fell out along the way, but at well over 200,000 words I hope it will be enough to give most people a good sense of the subject.
Hopefully it will come out in January/February 2016. There will be further updates on the Routledge website. You can see the full table of contents here.
In July I am due to speak at two conferences:
Sadly I'm no longer able to make it to Assos, which is a great shame, but I'm looking forward to Italy, where I shall talk about Renaissance Humanist reflections about the nature of philosophy (by Petrarch, Bruni, and Pico) and the way in which Pierre Hadot's account of ancient philosophy might offer a helpful framework with which to think about them.
Last Summer I presented a paper on Shaftesbury at the Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. The paper has now been accepted for publication by the journal Sophia and a preprint is available here. This follows a short review I wrote dealing with Shaftesbury, available here, which fed into a session on him that I led in the Early Modern Stoicism seminar I co-organized in London in 2013.
I have decided to set up a blog to act as a repository for various short pieces I have written about Stoicism over the last couple of years, often connected in some way to the Stoicism Today project in which I am involved.
In December I'm speaking at a conference at The Warburg Institute in London: Bodies of Ideas. I am talking about Stoic physics and its reception in the early modern period.
Next week is Stoic Week again, more or less a repeat of last year's experiment. My bit thus far has been a radio interview for ABC Radio in Australia, now online here. At the end of next week (29th November) there will be a day event in London, again a repeat of last year's event at Birkbeck, but this year at Queen Mary. I'll be speaking at that event about Stoicism and emotions, and running one of the workshops.
I have had a very busy and productive October. I have completed and sent in a book chapter on Marcus Aurelius and an annotated bibliography on Marcus Aurelius. I have also finished and sent off two articles for journals, checked proofs for a book review and an article due out shortly, and dealt with copy editing for an article due out by the end of the year. An article finished two years ago has also appeared this month, ‘Stoic Fate in Justus Lipsius’s De Constantia and Physiologia Stoicorum’, Journal of the History of Philosophy 52/4 (2014), 653-74.
In September I should be speaking at three conferences in a row. The first is a conference on the Cambridge Platonist Henry More and I shall speak about Henry More's use of Marcus Aurelius in his Enchiridion Ethicum. The week after I shall be talking about Stoic spiritual exercises at a conference on 'the art of living' in ancient philosophy, focusing again on Marcus Aurelius. The week after that I'll be taking about Hellenistic conceptions of philosophy, this time in relation to Nietzsche and Foucault. Further details about all three events are at: