A deeply comforting and enlightening book on how Stoicism can inspire us to lead more thoughtful lives.
John Sellars is a lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of The Art of Living and one of the founder members of Modern Stoicism, the group behind Stoic Week, an annual global event inviting members of the public to 'live like a Stoic for a week' to see how it might improve their lives.
I've been reading Lessons in Stoicism. . . Now, I don't
normally read philosophy, but I think old Seneca was right. -- Liz
Jones * Mail on Sunday *
Lessons in Stoicism distils key Stoic tenets, insofar as they can help contemporary readers, into under 100 small pages. Sellars achieves the task he sets himself admirably. In elegant, economical prose, he urges us to become better, happier people by focusing on rational decision-making -- Tim Whitmarsh * Guardian *
An enlightening explanation of how Stoic philosophy can help us in our lives. . . It can put us in control of our feelings, help us in adversity and guide us in our relationships with others. Sellars is ideally placed to offer these lessons in Stoicism as teacher, scholar and as a founding member of the group that teaches living like a Stoic for a week -- Professor Sir Richard Sorabji
Expertly and vividly John Sellars presents lessons in Stoicism that are strikingly relevant to modern life. From the great Roman Stoic authors he distills teaching on managing emotions, dealing with adversity, facing death, and making the best use of every hour and situation. This is a book that excellently shows why Stoicism is the philosophy for our time. I recommend it with enthusiasm -- Professor A. A. Long, author of Epictetus: How to be Free
Excellent. . . Sellars gives a lucid, easy-to-follow account of what Stoicism as a way of life amounts to, and how you might start to put it into practice. . . To cover so much ground without merely skimming the surface requires real skill as a writer -- Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy
Accessible and absorbing -- Roger Cox * Scotsman *