The Art of Living
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The Art of Living

The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy

John Sellars

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The Art of Living

The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy

John Sellars

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Ancient philosophy was conceived as a way of life or an art of living, but if ancient philosophers did think that philosophy should transform an individual's way of life, then what conception of philosophy stands behind this claim? John Sellars explores this question through a detailed account of ancient Stoic ideas about the nature and function of philosophy. He considers the Socratic background to Stoic thinking about philosophy and Sceptical objections raised by Sextus Empiricus, and offers readings of late Stoic texts by Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. Sellars argues that the conception of philosophy as an 'art of living', inaugurated by Socrates and developed by the Stoics, has persisted since antiquity and remains a living alternative to modern attempts to assimilate philosophy to the natural sciences. It also enables us to rethink the relationship between an individual's philosophy and their biography. The book appears here in paperback for the first time with a new Preface by the author.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Preface to the Second Edition
  4. Abbreviations
  5. Introduction
  6. PART I: (omitted) and (omitted)
  7. PART II: (omitted) and (omitted)
  8. Additional Notes
  9. Glossary of Greek Words and Phrases
  10. Guide to Ancient Philosophers and Authors
  11. Bibliography
  12. Index Locorum
  13. General Index
Citation styles for The Art of Living

APA 6 Citation

Sellars, J. (2013). The Art of Living (1st ed.). Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved from (Original work published 2013)

Chicago Citation

Sellars, John. (2013) 2013. The Art of Living. 1st ed. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Harvard Citation

Sellars, J. (2013) The Art of Living. 1st edn. Bloomsbury Publishing. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Sellars, John. The Art of Living. 1st ed. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.