A Guide to Stoicism

  • by St. George Stock
  • Narrated by Austin Vanfleet
  • 1 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you strip stoicism of its paradoxes and its willful misuse of language, what is left is simply the moral philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, dashed with the physics of Heraclitus. Stoicism was not so much a new doctrine as the form under which the old Greek philosophy finally presented itself to the world at large. It owed its popularity in some measure to its extravagance. A great deal might be said about stoicism as a religion and about the part it played in the formation of Christianity but these subjects were excluded by the plan of this volume which was to present a sketch of the stoic doctrine based on the original authorities.

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Like an Intro to Stoicism lecture . . .

Aside from the philosophy crowd, who would likely find this listen rather basic, this book is not likely to be viewed as an enjoyable listen, but certainly an informative one.

In short, Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy (developed by Zeno of Citium around 300 B.C.) which teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions. It teaches how to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses rather than logic. Stoicism flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the 3rd century AD during the same period that Christianity saw dramatic gains. While there are some similarities between Stoicism and Christianity (i.e. virtues, material excess, inner freedom from the world, etc), Stoicism was/is based upon a set of rules and self rather than grace, love, and dying to self which Christianity teaches.

The narration was perfect considering the content and presentation of the work. This is more of a lecture than a book. Given its intended audience, I give this 5-stars across the board.

A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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- Bill Beaulac

"Ponderous" is probably the best word for it

This is not light reading, but if you can get past that, it's really fascinating material. It was incredibly thought provoking, and really makes one think about one's place in the universe, and the influence of ancient philosophy on modern ideals.

Listening to it was pretty dull, but I definitely don't blame the narrator for that - to be fair, it would take either an act of god or a powerful necromancer to bring material like this to life. In spite of that, though, it was a really good narration - he sounded like a professor giving a lecture. It wasn't boring if you're interested in learning, and he very much presents it like a teacher.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2017
  • Publisher: Stoic Mind Audio