Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013)
Why, then, do you wonder that good men are shaken in order that they may grow strong? No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley. It is, therefore, to the advantage even of good men, to the end that they may be unafraid, to live constantly amidst alarms and to bear with patience the happenings which are ills to him only who ill supports them. – Seneca, On Providence
This new addition to Hodder’s popular Teach Yourself series provides a detailed introduction to Stoic philosophy, with particular emphasis on applying Stoic ethics and therapy to modern living. Donald Robertson is a registered psychotherapist, specialising in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety and other evidence-based approaches, with a background in academic philosophy. He is the author of four previous books, two of which also deal with Stoicism and its relation to modern psychology and psychotherapy:
- The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy (2010)
- Teach Yourself: Build your Resilience (2012)
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness is the product of Donald’s experience over the past fifteen years, in his attempt to integrate the ancient wisdom of Stoic philosophy with modern evidence-based approaches to psychological therapy and stress management.
Table of Contents
- Preface: modern Stoicism
- The way of the Stoic: “Living in agreement with Nature”
- Stoic Ethics: The nature of the good
- The promise of philosophy (“therapy of the passions”)
- The discipline of desire (Stoic acceptance)
- Love, friendship, and the ideal Sage
- The discipline of action (Stoic philanthropy)
- Premeditation of adversity
- The discipline of judgement (Stoic mindfulness)
- Self-awareness and the “Stoic fork”
- The view from above & Stoic cosmology
- eBook Appendix: The contemplation of death
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