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The articles come under four sections. The first on "Stoic theory" has essays discussing some of the finer points of Stoicism in the ancient sources. Various authors describe their experiences with Stoicism in the second section "Living the Stoic life", whilst the third considers how a Stoic practitioner should relate to others in "Stoicism and society". Finally, "Debating Stoicism today" asks how much of ancient Stoicism we should take in the modern age - there is a bit of a ding-dong between four authors on the question of "providence or atoms?", two in favour of taking fully on board Providence and the Divine Fire, the other two taking a totally atheistic viewpoint, and further two other authors taking opposing viewpoints on whether modern Stoicism should be ascetic or not.
For anyone considering purchasing these books, I would recommend skipping the first and heading straight for this.
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This book does something for me that no amount of monographs, scholarship, or blogs can do: it brings contemporary Stoicism to life as a genuine community whose members are all struggling in their own way to understand what it means to put philosophy into practice in their life.
Are you having troubles understanding what the Stoic conception of "virtue" really means in practice, and how it can be "the sole good"? Are you still struggling to understand how the control a Stoic exerts over the passions is a healthy thing, and how it is different from reducing yourself to an emotionless husk? Are you looking to understand how Stoicism can be put into practice in your broader social and political life? Still wrestling with the Stoic notion of the divine, and how it fits with your world view?
This volume is full of crisp, clear voices of scholars and fellow progressors who address all these questions and more.
It may not serve well as a *first* introduction to Stoicism—but it may well be the clearest and most vividly useful resource available for someone who is saying "so, I understand the basics of Stoicism: what next? What does it mean to live as a Stoic in the 21st century?"