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Publisher's Summary

Stoicism, one of the oldest Western philosophical schools, has enchanted scholars and the general public alike for over 2,000 years. Where some accounts of human nature and the particularly human good fall short by the reduction of human being to physical or psychical phenomena, Stoicism's power lies in engaging with the whole range of human experience, addressing rationality, emotion, piety, will, and both inner and outer impressions, each on their own terms, in language that treats each as significant in its own right.
Stoicism is an active philosophy. That means that it is not enough to know its doctrines, one must also live them, develop habits that expand on and complete their ideas in practice. Practice, therefore, is also the focus of this book. The development of the listener's inner and outer life, that they may follow their own path and discover what it means to "live life in accordance with nature".
This book is a general introduction to Stoicism that pulls no punches when faced with the more complex aspects of Stoic doctrine.
Topics addressed include:

The history of the ancient Stoics.
The nature of good and evil, virtue and vice, and positive and negative externals.
The difference between those things in our control and those things not in our control.
Stoic Logic and practical reasoning.
Stoicism's role in the development of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Stoic exercises and daily practice.
Theology's role in Stoicism and Stoic cosmology.
And much more!
Grab your copy of a detailed guide on stoicism philosophy and wisdom!
©2017 George Tanner (P)2017 George Tanner
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By Summer on 12-11-17

A great listen.

This audio book is a great one to listen too. The tone is fair and even, the book is nicely put together with amazing detail, and voice over was put to perfection. I gave the overall story a 5 star for these reasons. Performance got a 5 star as well because the voices tone, methods, and frequency. The overall story was a home run. I rated it a 5 star because the detailed mass of the writing was informative and detailed. In a worldly sense, the story was able to capture my attention and cover the most important topics I was looking for. In a heartbeat I would suggest this book to anyone.

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By Stephanie H on 12-10-17

Took Me By Surprise

Where does Stoicism: A Detailed Breakdown of Stoicism Philosophy and Wisdom from the Greats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At first, I wasn't sure how I was feeling about Tanner's novel, but I think a big part of that was due to the fact that I didn't really know anything about stoicism. However, now that I have enough of a basic understanding of the philosophy, I feel that I would enjoy the novel a lot more a second time around. It was actually the first audiobook I listened to and I'm eager to listen to more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stoicism: A Detailed Breakdown of Stoicism Philosophy and Wisdom from the Greats?

Being an English major, I very much enjoyed the section where Tanner highlighted how stoicism ties into "If/Then" statements. I also like how he laid out the difference between having "knowledge" and having "wisdom." Many people think the two words are interchangeable, but that's not exactly the case.

What about Sam Slydell’s performance did you like?

Sam Slydell definitely spoke with an air of someone who had familiarized himself with the source material before doing the reading.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I loved how even though most of the source material for stoicism came from philosophers that lived thousands of years ago, Tanner was able to relate the basic philosophies of stoicism with modern day examples, making it much easier to understand.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel more than I expected and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning a little bit more about this particular philosophy.

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