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Stoic Philosophy and Social Theory

Authors: Johncock, Will

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  • Offers original perspectives on social theory by way of comparison with the thoughts of Stoic philosophers
  • Crosses disciplinary lines by combining philosophy and sociology
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This book puts recently re-popularized ancient Stoic philosophy in discussion with modern social theory and sociology to consider the relationship between an individual and their environment. Thirteen comparative pairings including Epictetus and Émile Durkheim, Zeno and Pierre Bourdieu, and Marcus Aurelius and George Herbert Mead explore how to position individualism within our socialized existence. Will Johncock believes that by integrating modern perspectives with ancient Stoic philosophies we can question how internally separate from our social environment we ever are. This tandem analysis identifies new orientations for established ideas in Stoicism and social theory about the mind, being present, self-preservation, knowledge, travel, climate change, the body, kinship, gender, education, and emotions.


About the authors

Will Johncock researches social theory, continental philosophy, and Stoic philosophy, with a particular interest in themes concerning time. He is the author of Naturally Late: Synchronization in Socially Constructed Times (2019) which studies how social science and philosophy differentiate natural time from human time structures. He has lectured at UNSW Sydney.


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“In this accessible and engaging book, Will Johncock links contemporary social theory to the wisdom of the ancient Stoic philosophers, who were asking the first questions about how to live in a cosmopolitan world. There is something very useful pedagogically in connecting the present with the distant past in this way that enlivens inquiry and draws attention to the timeless importance of those very questions.” 
Douglas Porpora, Professor of Sociology, Drexel University, USA

 

“This comparative study is original and creative. Johncock presents a much needed, well researched corrective to those who skew Stoicism as narrowly individualistic.”
William O. Stephens, Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University, USA

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Essential Versus External Social Being

    Pages 1-14

    Johncock, Will

  • Who Controls Your Thoughts? Epictetus and Émile Durkheim on Mental Structure

    Pages 17-42

    Johncock, Will

  • When Are You Present? Chrysippus and Henri Bergson on Continuous Time

    Pages 43-69

    Johncock, Will

  • Why Do You Care About Yourself? The Early Stoics and Herbert Spencer on Self-Preservation

    Pages 71-96

    Johncock, Will

  • Do Preconceptions Determine New Knowledge? Epictetus and Max Weber on Truth

    Pages 99-117

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stoic Philosophy and Social Theory
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43153-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43153-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43152-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 352
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