Graver goes into great details from linguistic usage of stoic terms to the sources of ancient stoic philosophers to explain what the stoics thought about emotions.
Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). Graver goes into great details from linguistic usage of stoic terms to the sources of ancient stoic philosophers to explain what the stoics thought about emotions. In this sense, I admire this book. However, despite this impressive scholarly work, the book is rather dry and dull from the stylistic point of view.
Professor Margaret Graver is one of the best known and respected scholars on Stoicism and ancient philosophy. She is the author of the popular academic text Stoicism and Emotion, in which she disproves the myth of Stoicism as a philosophy advocating being emotionless. Currently, Professor Graver is Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics at Dartmouth, where she offers a variety of courses on Greek and Roman Philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, and Latin literature.
The mechanism of emotions in Stoicism has been presented by Graver a decade ago as relying on a pathetic . It is true that each emotion is an irrational impulse resulting not only from the opinion that something is good.
The mechanism of emotions in Stoicism has been presented by Graver a decade ago as relying on a pathetic syllogism having as its premises a judgment about the goodness of a certain type of object and a judgment that it is proper to have a certain emotional response to that object. but also from the opinion that it is appropriate to have a certain type of emotional response to that object, as shown by Graver.
On the surface, stoicism and emotion seem like contradictory terms. In this elegant and clearly written work, Margaret Graver gives a compelling new interpretation of the Stoic position. Yet the Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome were deeply interested in the emotions, which they understood as complex judgments about what we regard as valuable in our surroundings. Drawing on a vast range of ancient sources, she argues that the chief demand of Stoic ethics is not that we should suppress or deny our feelings, but that we should perfect the rational mind at the core of every human being.
Stoicism and Emotion book.
Margaret Graver, Stoicism and Emotion (Chicago, University Of Chicago Press, 2007). Jonas Salzgeber, The Little Book Of Stoicism (2019). Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key (Profile Books, 2019). M. Andrew Holowchak, The Stoics. A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Continuum, 2008).
Stoicism and Emotion is organized in nine chapters, and from the look of it, I will have to devote a post to each, since Graver’s treatment is in-depth and requires some time to unpack. Margaret carefully explains the Stoic theory that there is a single substance permeating the universe, the pneuma (literally, breath), a mixture of fire and air, two of the classical four primordial elements.
Stoicism - Stoicism, a school of Hellenistic philosophy, was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early third century BC. It concerns the active relationship between cosmic determinism and human freedom.
Stoicism - /stoh euh siz euhm/, n. 1. a systematic philosophy, dating from around 300 . that held the principles of logical thought to reflect a cosmic reason instantiated in nature. conduct conforming to the precepts of the Stoics, a. Universalium.
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On the surface, stoicism and emotion seem like contradictory terms.