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Stoicism & Emotion

Margaret R. 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. This book shows that they did not simply advocate an across-the-board suppression of feeling, as stoicism implies in today's English, but instead conducted a searching examination of these powerful psychological responses, seeking to understand what attitude toward them expresses the deepest respect for human potential. This work gives a n ... More

Keywords: stoicism, emotion, Stoic philosophers, ancient Greece, Rome, human potential, rational mind, affective responses, involuntary feelings, mental illness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226305578
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226305202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret R. Graver, author