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A New Stoicism by Lawrence Becker(1999-07-01) Broché – 1 janvier 1864
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- ASIN : B01FGITD7Q
- Éditeur : Princeton University Press (1 janvier 1864)
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Becker's book is an explanation of stoic theory. This means he explains how to update Stoic theory (that is, the ancient Stoics) and how to come up with a usable, interesting virtue ethics theory with the backing of modern ideas. I find this project interesting, and also quite believable.
I especially liked how Becker goes over the logic of stoicism, and emphasizes important points of stoicism in ways I hadn't really thought about before. For example, he made much clearer to me how stoicism is both about having agent control (that is, being able to make decisions) in a deterministic (or quantum indeterministic) world, and how this is not in tension with each other as stoics understand what it means to be an agent. I also thought the ideas on stoic emotion were novel, and helpful for understanding how stoic thought.
If you think you might have some interest in stoicism, then this book is a good overview of what stoicism really is or should be. If you have no interest in stoicism, then I wouldn't recommend this book. (It's also not very focused on explaining "old" Stoicism, if that's what you're looking for.) It's great for getting a better understanding of the current stoicism project, but if that doesn't have any meaning for you, then I'm afraid you'll find this book boring.
For me, this was a great book as it provoked a lot of thought about my own life, and my own motivations and goals.
But it is almost incomprehensible, sadly,, due to a painfully arcane writing style, the most impressive I've seen in a while. Why? He clearly has much to say, but it might as well be Greek.
If I were a niche ethical philosopher delivering an important academic paper to peers at an academic conference, it would be fun and could be useful.
But I'm not, and sorry to say -- for me, -- it isn't and isn't
Becker's New Stoicism may not be exactly compatible with traditionalist views, such as his casting off of the divine providential logos, but ultimately, I think it does stay (mostly) true to the original teachings and provides a strong, rigorous defense.
It is my new Enchiridion.