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Stoicism Research Guide

An introduction to resources that will assist you with Stoicism research.


Stoicism, School of philosophy in Greco-Roman antiquity.

Inspired by the teaching of Socrates and Diogenes of Sinope, Stoicism was founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium ca. 300 BC and was influential throughout the Greco-Roman world until at least AD 200. It stressed duty and held that, through reason, mankind can come to regard the universe as governed by fate and, despite appearances, as fundamentally rational, and that, in regulating one’s life, one can emulate the grandeur of the calm and order of the universe by learning to accept events with a stern and tranquil mind and to achieve a lofty moral worth. Its teachings have been transmitted to later generations largely through the surviving books of Cicero and the Roman Stoics Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. -- Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Books on Stoicism

Becker, Lawrence C.
A New Stoicism
Princeton, N. J. : Princeton University Press, 1999.
B528 .B44 1999

Belliotti, Raymond A.
Roman Philosophy and the Good Life
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, 2009.
B505 .B435 2009

Brennan, Tad
The Stoic Life : Emotions, Duties, and Fate
Oxford : Clarendon, 2007.
B528 .B72 2007

The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
B528 .C26 2993

Clark, Gordon Haddon.
Selections from Hellenistic Philosophy
New York : F.S. Crofts, 1940.
B505 .C55

Edelstein, Ludwig
The Meaning of Stoicism
Cambridge : Published for Oberlin College by Harvard University Press, 1966.
PA25 .M3 v.21

Engstrom, Stephen
Aristotle, Kant, and the Stoics : Rethinking Happiness and Duty
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
BJ1481 .A68 1998

Graver, Margaret
Stoicism & Emotion
Chicago : University of Chicago, Press, 2007.
B528 .G73 2007

Hadas, Moses
Essential Works of Stoicism
New York : Bantam Books, 1961.
B528 .H2

Hellenistic Philosophy : Introductory Readings
Indianapolis : IN : Hackett Publishing, 1997.
B505 .H45 1997

Ierodiakonou, Katerina (Editor)
Topics in Stoic Philosophy
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.
B528 .T66 2001

Inwood, Brad
Ethics and Human Action in Early Stoicism
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
B528 .I59 1985

Irvine, William Braxton
A Guide to the Good Life : the Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
B528 .I78 2009

Long, A. A.
Hellenistic Philosophy : Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 1986.
B171 .C36 1986

Long, A. A.
Problems in Stoicism
London ; Atlantic Heights, N.J. : Athlone Press, 1996.

Long, A. A.
Stoic Studies
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
B528 .L65 2001

More, Paul Elmer
Hellenistic Philosophies
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1923.
B171 .M75

Nussbaum, Martha
The Therapy of Desire : Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1994.
B505 .N87 1994

Rist, John
Stoic Philosophy
London : Cambridge University Press, 1969.
B528 .R53

Sellars, John
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 2006.
B528 .S298 2006

Sharples, R.W.
Stoics, Epicureans, and Sceptics : an Introduction to Stoic Philosophy
London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
B505 .S52 1996

Sherman, Nancy
Stoic Warriors : The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
B528 .S299 2007

The Stoics Reader : Selected Writings and Testimonia
Indianapolis, IN : Hackett Publishing, 2008.
B528 .S6825 2008

Vogt, Katja Maria
Law, Reason, and the Cosmic City : Political Philosophy in the Early Stoa
New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
B528 .V64 2008

Warrior, Valerie M.
Roman Religion : A Sourcebook
Newburyport, MA : Focus Publishing/R. Pullins, 2002.
BL803 .W3 2002

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Reference Books on Stoicism

Print Reference Books

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy
New York : Macmillan, 1967.
Folio B41 .E5 v.1-8

Reese, William L.
Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion : Eastern and Western Thought
Atlantic Highlands, N. J. : Humanities Press, 1980.
B41 .R43 1980

World Philosophers and Their Works
Pasadena, CA : Salem Press, 2000.
B104 .W67 2000 v.1-3

Online Reference Books

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Oxford Reference Online

Credo Reference


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