Shaftesbury, Stoicism, and Philosophy as a Way of Life

This paper examines Shaftesbury’s reflections on the nature of philosophy in his Askêmata notebooks, which draw heavily on the Roman Stoics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. In what follows, I introduce the notebooks, outline Shaftesbury’s account of philosophy therein, compare it with his discussions...

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Published in:Sophia
Main Author: Sellars, John 1971-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:Sophia
Year: 2016, Volume: 55, Issue: 3, Pages: 395-408
Further subjects:B Philosophy as a way of life
B Shaftesbury
B Pierre Hadot
B Stoicism
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Summary:This paper examines Shaftesbury’s reflections on the nature of philosophy in his Askêmata notebooks, which draw heavily on the Roman Stoics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. In what follows, I introduce the notebooks, outline Shaftesbury’s account of philosophy therein, compare it with his discussions of the nature of philosophy in his published works, and conclude by suggesting that Pierre Hadot’s conception of ‘philosophy as a way of life’ offers a helpful framework for thinking about Shaftesbury’s account of philosophy.
ISSN:1873-930X
Contains:Enthalten in: Sophia
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11841-015-0483-z