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Les stoïciens

Résumé : Stoicism is a tremendous war machinery, built to face calmly the trials of existence. It permits us to stand up firm and straight, like a new Hercules, in misfortunes as well as in pleasures. The path it draws is the one of virtue, but a naked virtue, within the reach of anybody, as long as it has been chosen for itself. Virtue is then sufficient to obtain individual eudaimonia. It would be misleading, however, to identify stoicism with a set of practical recipes. The Stoic machinery only works thanks to a complex and well laid out system of theorical principles : these principles compose a very closely woven net that stands like a bastion in the man's soul. This book aims at understanding these principles. It shows that stoicism is above all a philosophy of unity : unity of the world ; unity of man, reconciled with himself and with nature ; unity of the soul, corporal and homogenous ; unity of knowledge, which consistency gives sense and intellectual rigour to any single action. The book is composed of : a general introduction to the stoic system ; central texts, with translation and commentary ; index of the main stoic notions ; bibliography.
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Christelle Veillard. Les stoïciens. Ellipses, 2012, Philo-philosophes. ⟨hal-01551597⟩

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