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Sophia

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 395–408 | Cite as

Shaftesbury, Stoicism, and Philosophy as a Way of Life

  • John Sellars
Article

Abstract

This paper examines Shaftesbury’s reflections on the nature of philosophy in his Askêmata notebooks, which draw heavily on the Roman Stoics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. In what follows, I introduce the notebooks, outline Shaftesbury’s account of philosophy therein, compare it with his discussions of the nature of philosophy in his published works, and conclude by suggesting that Pierre Hadot’s conception of ‘philosophy as a way of life’ offers a helpful framework for thinking about Shaftesbury’s account of philosophy.

Keywords

Shaftesbury Pierre Hadot Stoicism Philosophy as a way of life 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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