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Books on Stoicism
If you happen to speak German, why not check out my own book. It offers, I truly believe or else I wouldn’t have written it, a solid introduction into stoic history, techniques, and thinking. I hope there will be an English edition very soon …
My own book (in German)
Bellberg, Guido: Der Wilde Stoiker: Moderner Stoizismus für ein gutes Leben. Alle wichtigen Antworten und Übungen.
The Stoic Epictetus, former slave, then advisor to the powerful in Rome and finally one of the most influential Stoic teachers of all, has left us two short works, but they have a lot to offer. I am quoting from this English Stoicism book that contains both works: Discourses and selected writings:
Epictetus. Discourses and selected writings.
Meditations, the very popular “new” translation into English:
Meditations: A New Translation Paperback, Gregory Hays
A very cheap Amazon basic edition, ideal for making notes inside the book (which is what I do): Meditations (AmazonClassics Edition)
One of the best-known Stoics is certainly Lucius Annaeus Seneca, also known as “Seneca the Younger”. I am quoting from these Stoicism books:
A very nice edition: Letters from a Stoic: The Ancient Classic (Capstone Classics)
A cheaper alternative: Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic (Dover Thrift Editions: Philosophy)
A nice Penguin edition: Letters from a Stoic (A Penguin Classics Hardcover)
Anger, Mercy, Revenge (The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Or this alternative: Hardship and Happiness (The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
This seems to be a nice collection, but I haven’t read it and it will set you back a bit: The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca (7 books)
Tim Ferriss offers a nice collection as three PDFs for free on this website
The fourth big Roman Stoic who deserves a mention: Musonius Rufus by Cynthia King with a preface by William B. Irvine
Another collection in English: That One Should Disdain Hardships: The Teachings of a Roman Stoic, Cora E. Lutz
Derren Brown – Enfant terrible, Brit, mentalist, TV-host, painter, Las Vegas star and maybe one of my favourite fellow stoics. His book “Happy” is an excellent introduction into stoic thinking: Happy: Why More or Less Everything Is Fine
Not really a stoic book but a stoic book by the doctor who survived the concentration camp of the Nazis.
Inspiring and a true must-read: Man’s Search for Meaning
Another classic with excellent ratings: Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything
And, finally: Recollections: An Autobiography
The most famous of the modern american Stoics.
Three books in one package: The way, the enemy, and the key
Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius
A famous expert and a true stoic mind
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life
The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius
One of the leading stoci minds.
A Field Guide to a Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons for Living
A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control―52 Week-by-Week Lessons
How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy
William B. Irvine
Another famous stoic teacher, and rightfully so.
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient
True and valueable stoic inspirations
The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
The Selected Writings of Pierre Hadot: Philosophy as Practice