• Philosophy as a Way of Life
    The Philosophers' Magazine 83 60-65. 2018.
  • Hellenistic Philosophy
    Oxford University Press. 2018.
    John Sellars presents a broad and lively introduction to Hellenistic philosophy. This was a rich period for philosophy, with the birth of Epicureanism and Stoicism, alongside the activities of Platonists, Aristotelians, and Cynics. Sellars offers accessible coverage of all areas from epistemology to ethics and politics.
  • Henry More as reader of Marcus Aurelius
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (5): 916-931. 2017.
    I examine Henry More’s engagement with Stoicism in general, and Marcus Aurelius in particular, in his Enchiridion Ethicum. More quotes from Marcus’ Meditations throughout the Enchiridion, leading one commentator to note that More ‘mined the Meditations’ when writing his book. Yet More’s general attitude towards Stoicism is more often than not critical, especially when it comes to the passions. I shall argue that while More was clearly an avid reader of the Meditations, he read Marcus not as a St…Read more
  • Stoics and Cynics (review)
    The Classical Review 55 (1): 69-70. 2005.
  • Epictetus (review)
    The Classical Review 53 (1): 65-67. 2003.
  • The Hymns Of Proclus (review)
    The Classical Review 53 (1): 85-86. 2003.
  • Qu’est-ce Que La Philosophie Antique? (review)
    The Classical Review 54 (1): 69-70. 2004.
  • Tough luck
    The Philosophers' Magazine 55 72-76. 2011.
    The worst thing that can happen to us is to be blessed with a life of unending luxury, comfort, and wealth, for such a life would make one weak and lazy. But worst of all, the longer we experience a comfortable and easy life, the harder it will hit us when our luck fi nally changes, as it surely one day will.
  • The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition (edited book)
    Routledge. 2016.
    The ancient philosophy of Stoicism has been a crucial and formative influence on the development of Western thought since its inception through to the present day. It is not only an important area of study in philosophy and classics, but also in theology and literature. The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition is the first volume of its kind, and an outstanding guide and reference source to the nature and continuing significance of Stoicism.
  • An ethics of the event
    Angelaki 11 (3). 2006.
    Deleuze, philosopher, son of Diogenes and Hypatia, sojourned at Lyon. Nothing is known of his life. He lived to be very old, even though he was often very ill. This illustrated what he himself had said: there are lives in which the difficulties verge on the prodigious. He defined as active any force that goes to the end of its power. This, he said, is the opposite of a law. Thus he lived, always going further than he had believed he could. Even though he had explicated Chrysippus, it is above al…Read more
  • Stoics on the Big Screen
    Philosophy Now 41 44-45. 2003.
    Stoic themes in Ridley Scott's Gladiator
  • The aim of this thesis is to consider the relationship between philosophy and biography, and the bearing that this relationship has on debates concerning the nature and function of philosophy. There exists a certain tradition that conceives philosophy exclusively in terms of rational discourse and as such explicitly rejects the idea of any substantial relationship between philosophy and the way in which one lives. I shall argue that the claim that philosophy cannot have any impact upon biography…Read more
  • Review: Proclus' Hymns: Essays, Translations, Commentary (review)
    The Classical Review 53 (1): 85-86. 2003.
  • Materialism and Ethics: Learning from Epicurus
    The Philosopher 91 (2). 2003.
    A response to the claim that materialism leads to amoralism, aimed at a popular audience.
  • Epictetus: A. A. Long, Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life (review)
    The Classical Review 53 (01): 65-. 2003.
  • The Hymns of Proclus: R. M. Van den Berg: Proclus' hymns (review)
    The Classical Review 53 (01): 85-. 2003.
  • Byzantine Philosophy and Its Ancient Sources (review)
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (2): 341-344. 2004.
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (3): 337-338. 2004.
  • Stoicism
    Acumen Publishing. 2006.
    This book provides a lucid, comprehensive introduction to this great philosophical school.
  • Justus Lipsius On Constancy (edited book)
    Bristol Phoenix Press. 2006.
    This book makes available again a long out-of-print translation of a major sixteenth-century philosophical text. Lipsius' De Constantia (1584) is an important Humanist text and a key moment in the reception of Stoicism. A dialogue in two books, conceived as a philosophical consolation for those suffering through contemporary religious wars, it proved immensely popular in its day and formed the inspiration for what has become known as 'Neostoicism'. This movement advocated the revival of Stoic et…Read more
  • Deleuze and cosmopolitanism
    Radical Philosophy 142 30. 2007.
    On Deleuze's cosmopolitan politics.
  • Justus Lipsius's De Constantia, A Stoic Spiritual Exercise
    Poetics Today 28 (3): 339-62. 2007.
    This essay offers an introduction to Justus Lipsius's dialogue De Constantia, first published in 1584. Although the dialogue bears a superficial similarity to philosophical works of consolation, I suggest that it should be approached as a spiritual exercise written by Lipsius primarily for his own benefit.
  • Stoic Cosmopolitanism and Zeno's Republic
    History of Political Thought 28 (1): 1-29. 2007.
    Modern accounts of Stoic politics have attributed to Zeno the ideal of an isolated community of sages and to later Stoics such as Seneca a cosmopolitan utopia transcending all traditional States. By returning to the Cynic background to both Zeno's Republic and the Cosmopolitan tradition, this paper argues that the distance between the two is not as great as is often supposed. This account, it is argued, is more plausible than trying to offer a developmental explanation of the supposed transforma…Read more
  • Gilles Deleuze and the history of philosophy
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (3): 551-560. 2007.
    This article examines Gilles Deleuze's methodological approach to the history of philosophy. While Deleuze's readings of past philosophers may not stand up to the standards set by the scholarly history of philosophy, they may be approached more productively as a continuation of the approach developed by the ancient and medieval commentary tradition.
  • The stoic life: Emotions, duties, and fate - by Tad Brennan (review)
    Philosophical Books 49 (2): 145-147. 2008.
  • Epictetus: W.O. Stephens, Stoic Ethics. Epictetus and Happiness as Freedom (review)
    The Classical Review 59 (1): 79-. 2009.
  • Stoic Ontology and Plato's Sophist
    Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 107 185-203. 2010.
    Book synopsis: Plato is perhaps the most readable of all philosophers. Recent scholarship on Plato has focused attention on the dramatic and literary form through which Plato presents his philosophy, an integral part of that philosophy. The papers in this volume for the first time consider Aristotle and the Stoics as readers of Plato. That these successors were influenced by the thought of Plato is a commonplace: the ‘whole of western philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato’. Arising from I…Read more