The Place of Rationality in Stoicism and REBT

  • Arthur Still
  • Windy DrydenEmail author


In this paper we explore parallels between Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and the applications of Stoic philosophy. We look especially at the foundations of the philosophy in Chrysippus, rather than just at the writings of the better known Roman Stoics. Similarities are found against very different historical backgrounds, although there are also important differences. Our investigation highlights some peculiarly modern aspects of Ellis's philosophy, which may be inessential to the practice of REBT. At the same time REBT provides a model for interpreting Stoic practices to modern audiences.


Public Health Historical Background Emotive Behaviour Modern Aspect Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science SiteDurhamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Goldsmiths CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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