The Roman Stoics
Self, Responsibility, and Affection
The Roman Stoics reexamines the philosophical basis that instructed social practice in friendship, marriage, parenting, and community. From this analysis emerge Stoics who were neither cold nor detached, as the stereotype has it, but all too aware of their human weaknesses. In a valuable contribution to current discussions in the humanities on identity, autonomy, and altruism, Reydams-Schils ultimately conveys the wisdom of Stoics to the citizens of modern society.
--Elizabeth Asmis, University of Chicago
"In this clear and well-argued book, Reydams-Schils studies the philosophical basis that underpins the way Roman Stoics integrated philosophy itno the social practice of living. . . . Classicists, philosophers, and a wider public interested in the issues discussed here will no doubt benefit from the reading of this excellent book. . . A very valuable (and enjoyable) contribution to Stoic scholarship."
List of Abbreviations
1. The Self as a Mediator
2. From Self-Sufficiency to Human Bonding
3. Politics, the Philosophical Life, and Leisure
5. Marriage and Community
Index of Passages Cited