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The Stoic Sage
The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates

Part of Cambridge Classical Studies

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107641778

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  • After Plato and Aristotle, the Stoics, from the third century BCE onwards, developed the third great classical conception of wisdom. This book offers a reconstruction of this pivotal notion in Stoicism, starting out from the two extant Stoic definitions, 'knowledge of human and divine matters' and 'fitting expertise'. It focuses not only on the question of what they understood by wisdom, but also on how wisdom can be achieved, how difficult it is to become a sage, and how this difficulty can be explained. The answers to these questions are based on a fresh investigation of the evidence, with all central texts offered in the original Greek or Latin, as well as in translation. The Stoic Sage can thus also serve as a source book on Stoic wisdom, which should be invaluable to specialists and to anyone interested in one of the cornerstones of the Graeco-Roman classical tradition.

    • The first monograph ever devoted to the Stoic sage
    • Offers a reconstruction of the Stoics' pivotal concept of wisdom within their system of thought
    • Places the Stoic conception of wisdom in its historical context, with particular emphasis on its Socratic origins
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    'This monograph by René Brouwer offers the best investigation to date of the (early) Stoic ideal of the sage and the Stoic conception of wisdom. It is an extremely solid and conscientious piece of work. The relevant sources, also ones that are lesser known, are given in the original Greek or Latin as well as in English translation, and interpreted with great care and precision, and appropriate caution. In doing so, Brouwer comprehensively considers the relevant scholarly literature, not just the more recent publications, and not just, as is common these days, those in English only. … The author's undisputed expertise makes one hope that he will further investigate this topic, fuel more discussion, and bring about more insights.' Maximilian Forschner, translated from Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    '[This book] offers many insights, and its main conclusions point, suggestively and fruitfully, to useful directions for further research.' Jacob Klein, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107641778
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.286kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Two definitions
    2. The change
    3. Sagehood
    4. Socrates
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    René Brouwer, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    René Brouwer is a lecturer at Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he teaches on law and philosophy in the Faculty of Law. He works on theory of law and topics in ancient philosophy, with a special focus on Stoicism, its origins and reception, and the tradition of natural law.

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