Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living by David Fideler. The book mines Seneca’s classic works in a series of focused chapters, clearly explaining Seneca’s ideas without oversimplifying them. Best enjoyed as a daily ritual, like an energizing cup of coffee, Seneca’s wisdom provides us with a steady stream of time-tested advice about the human condition—which, as it turns out, hasn’t changed much over the past two thousand years.
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William Irvine. A refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life.
The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness by Sharon Lebell. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to successfully meet the challenges of everyday life and face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.
How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life by Massimo Pigliucci. A personal introduction to Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that focuses our attention on what is possible and gives us perspective on what is unimportant.
A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control—52 Week-by-Week Lessons by Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez. Stress often comes from situations that are beyond our control—such as preparing for a meeting, waiting for test results, or arguing with a loved one. But we can control our response to these everyday tensions—through the wisdom and practice of Stoicism. Stoicism is an ancient pragmatic philosophy that teaches us to step back, gain perspective, and act with intention.
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson. Robertson weaves the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius together seamlessly to provide a compelling modern-day guide to the Stoic wisdom followed by countless individuals throughout the centuries as a path to achieving greater fulfillment and emotional resilience.
Lessons in Stoicism: What Ancient Philosophers Teach Us about How to Live by John Sellars. What aspects of your life do you really control? What do you do when you cannot guarantee that things will turn out in your favor? And what can Stoicism teach us about how to live together?
The Morality of Happiness by Julia Annas. Ancient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories. But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics--and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories.
A New Stoicism by Lawrence C. Becker. What would stoic ethics be like today if stoicism had survived as a systematic approach to ethical theory, if it had coped successfully with the challenges of modern philosophy and experimental science?
The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought by Christopher Gill. A new analysis of what is innovative in Hellenistic - especially Stoic and Epicurean - philosophical thinking about selfhood and personality.
Stoicism and Emotion by Margaret Graver. On the surface, stoicism and emotion seem like contradictory terms. Yet the Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome were deeply interested in the emotions, which they understood as complex judgments about what we regard as valuable in our surroundings.
The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Pierre Hadot. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius are treasured today - as they have been over the centuries - as an inexhaustible source of wisdom. And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy. Yet the clarity and ease of the work's style are deceptive. Pierre Hadot, eminent historian of ancient thought, uncovers new levels of meaning and expands our understanding of its underlying philosophy.
Cambridge Companion to the Stoics edited by Brad Inwood. The volume offers an odyssey through the ideas of the Stoics in three ways: through the historical trajectory of the school itself and its influence; the recovery of the history of Stoic thought; and finally, the ongoing confrontation with Stoicism.
The Role Ethics of Epictetus: Stoicism in Ordinary Life by Brian Johnson. The book offers an original interpretation of Epictetus's ethics and how he bases his ethics on an appeal to our roles in life. Epictetus believes that every individual is the bearer of many roles from sibling to citizen and that individuals are morally good if they fulfill the obligations associated with these roles.
Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life by A.A. Long. The philosophy of Epictetus, a freed slave in the Roman Empire, has been profoundly influential on Western thought: it offers not only stimulating ideas but practical guidance in living one's life. A. A. Long, a leading scholar of later ancient philosophy, gives the definitive presentation of the thought of Epictetus for a broad readership.
The Roman Stoics: Self, Responsibility, and Affection by Gretchen Reydams-Schils. The book reexamines the philosophical basis that instructed social practice in friendship, marriage, parenting, and community life. From this analysis, Stoics emerge as neither cold nor detached, as the stereotype has it, but all too aware of their human weaknesses.
The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy by John Sellars. The book considers the Socratic background to Stoic thinking about philosophy and Skeptical objections raised by Sextus Empiricus, and offers readings of late Stoic texts by Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius.
Stoicism By John Sellars. This book is a great introduction into many Stoic philosophers and their ideas. It is easily accessible for the average reader and provides good historical context. It covers the three main branches of Stoic theories and explores many other popular Stoic ideas such as the Dichotomy of control.