Stoicism and its influence 1961 Free PDF book by R. M. Wenley

Download  Stoicism and its influence Free PDF book by R. M. Wenley

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excerpt from the author's introduction

HISTORIANS, even historians of philosophy, have tended to dismiss Stoicism lightly, and popular opinion has taken the cue. No doubt, relevant reasons abound. The riches of Socrates, Democritus, Plato, and Aristotle served to accentuate the comparative poverty of the next age. Its effort over, Hellenic genius was no longer capable of following the argument whithersoever it led.
Serene, fearless treatment of fundamental problems gave place to subjective musings, which ran to whim sometimes. Sanity and balance went, extravagant or, eventually, fantastic theories found an audience. The barbarians — so the Attic Greeks would have reckoned them — had their revenge when " asianism ’ waxed, raising irrelevant issues. Above all, pregnant social changes displaced the center of interest. Nevertheless, it was a far cry (more than five centuries intervene) from the earliest to the latest Stoics and, thanks precisely to social changes, philosophy did acquire [v] PREFACE fresh significance. Hence, although a pro¬ test rather than a science, an outgrowth of emotional stress rather than of intellectual curiosity, Stoicism was destined to rank among the formative ethico-political movements characteristic of the western world. Despite its obvious shortcomings, despite its lack of originality, circumstances lent it an influence destined to survive for generations.

Content of the book


I. Introductory. 3 II. The Story of Stoicism. io III. Some Stoic Dogmas. 74 IV. Sequels. 107 1. The Larger Framework.113 2. Within the Culture of Latin Christianity.132 3. The Great Transition.139 4. The Nineteenth Century .... 159 Notes.175

Author: R. M. Wenley Publication Date 1961:


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