Michael Baranowski's Reviews > The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate
The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate
Michael Baranowski's review
Jul 23, 2019
I first bought this book many years ago. I never finished it and ended up donating it to my local library. Recently, after reading so many good things about it I decided I might have unfairly judged it. That was definitely the case, as my older and (hopefully) wiser self realizes how amazing this book is - by far the best thing on Stoicism I've read that's not an original source (or a commentary by Cicero, who is most excellent). Brennan's erudition and wit shine through on almost every page, making this an excellent 'intermediate Stoicism' book - perfect for someone who gets little from all of the introductions now flooding the field, but who isn't interested in dry as dust, jargon-filled academic pedantry. Brennan made me realize that I'm not really a Stoic, while at the same time helping me to better understand and more fully commit to those aspects of Stoic doctrine I do hold to be true.
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March 19, 2011 – Shelved
July 16, 2019 – Finished Reading