392. John Sellars on Lipsius and Early Modern Stoicism

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John Sellars returns to the podcast to discuss Lipsius' work on Seneca and the early modern Neo-Stoic movement.



Further Reading

• J. Stradling (trans.), J. Sellars (ed.), Justus Lipsius: On Constancy (Exeter: 2006).

• J. Sellars, “Justus Lipsius’s De Constantia: A Stoic Spiritual Exercise,” Poetics Today 28 (2007), 339-62.

• J. Sellars, “Stoic Fate in Justus Lipsius’s De Constantia and Physiologia Stoicorum,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (2014), 653-74.

• J. Sellars (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition (Abingdon: 2016).

• J. Sellars, “The Early Modern Legacy of the Stoics,” in N. Powers and J. Klein (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

• J. Sellars, "Philosophy as a Way of Life in the Renaissance," Philosophia 51 (2022), 153-68.

• J. Sellars, "Stoicism," in M. Sgarbi (ed), Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (Cham: 2022).

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Isaac of York on 8 September 2022

Enlightenment Stoicisim

It might not take you ten years to reach, but the 18th century saw another debate on Stoicism. This time, the Jesuits (and others) who had reconciled Lipsius' neo-Stoicism with Catholicism in the 1600s were up against the Philosophes of the 1700s. These latter in the blue corner argued for a stoicism shorn of Christian associations and even hid behind praising Marcus Aurelius to get past the censors when arguing it. I'm sure one so wise in the lore of Stoicism Dr. Sellars would have 20 minutes to half an hour's content on that! 

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