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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL; 2nd edition (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853997242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853997242
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Sellars is a Research Fellow at King's College London where he works on the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project. Immediately prior to that he was a Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. He is also a member of Wolfson College, Oxford, where he held a Junior Research Fellowship.

He is the author of two books on Stoicism, one of which has been called "excellent", "outstanding", and "the best introduction to the subject". Since 2012 he has been involved in the Stoicism Today project, highlighting ways in which ancient Stoic ideas might help people today in their everyday lives.

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Lucid and well-documented ... a useful contribution to the expanding body of new work on Hellenistic-Roman - especially Stoic - practical ethics. --Phronesis

Sheds new light on the way philosophy was conceived ... rekindles the crucial question of how we should understand and practise philosophy. --Rhizai

About the Author

John Sellars is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford, UK.

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A very practical book 17 Mar. 2007
By Robert Kabat - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great read for anyone who wants to put theoretical wisdom into practice. The author describes quite vividly how ancient men of wisdom were able to accomplish this challenging task. The book is well structured. The topic is developed very logically. The author shows that theory and practice are not two opposed extremes. On the contrary: they are two complemantary stages of our way to mastery of any art. I especially liked the concepts of habituation and digestion as useful principles for translating any theory into our daily actions.
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Challenging but rewarding... 28 Jun. 2014
By Ricky - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Sellars makes an excellent case for the intent of Ancient philosophy being that of action and not mere wordplay. He uses mostly examples of the great Stoic philosopher, Epictetus, who probably embodied this mindset more than any other philosopher in antiquity.

I would say "The Art of Living" is a scholarly book, but it can also be grasped by those not educated in philosophy, such as myself. There was a lot of content to digest in its 228p. but was an enjoyable read.

If you are, for a lack of a better word, 'passionate' about Stoicism, then you will relish this book and what Mr. Sellars brings to the philosophical table. Well worth the coin and time.
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"Virtue is Knowledge" and "To Know the good is to do the good" 29 Oct. 2014
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These two sayings are attributed to Socrates: "Virtue is Knowledge" and "To Know the good is to do the good". Dr. Sellars view of knowledge as "techne" gives these sayings a Stoic interpretation.
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