Let's compare a proto-Epicurean with a proto-Stoic.
Murray’s “The Stoic Philosophy”
Gilbert Murray was an early 20th century scholar and leader in the humanist movement. In this speech, he outlines the basic elements of Stoicism. While old enough that it is out of copyright, it still gives an excellent account of the basics of the philosophy, not only describing the essential doctrines, but (more importantly) the … Continue reading Murray’s “The Stoic Philosophy”
Hume’s “The Stoic”
This essay is the second in a collection of four, themselves collected in Essays: Moral, Political, and Literary. The footnote refers to the set of four; the essay number in the title of the essay, the part of the book in which they were collected. From David Hume, Essays: Moral, Political, and Literary, (London: Longmans, … Continue reading Hume’s “The Stoic”
What is “Modern Stoicism”?
The Modern Stoicism blog recently posted a “symposium” discussing what is meant by "Modern Stoicism." The introduction begins by pointing out that the question is both very common, and difficult to answer, an assessment with which I wholeheartedly agree.Most attempts to answer the question consist of formulating a set of philosophical doctrines. Both Lawrence Becker … Continue reading What is “Modern Stoicism”?