This book uniquely recovers and assesses Stoic political thought by tracking its uptake into Western modernity and exploring the extent of its impact. Classical Stoicism has lately seen a popular resurgence inspiring self-help books and therapeutic treatments for anxiety and depression. As a scholarly source for the Western political tradition, it is even more important. Yet, as A.A. Long once observed: “[o]f all the ancient philosophies, Stoicism has probably had the most diffused” yet least “adequately acknowledged influence on Western thought.”
This close textual study not only provides the first systematic study of the political content of Stoic thought but also establishes the hitherto under-appreciated influence of classical Stoicism on the political thought of the long eighteenth century and beyond in Europe and particularly Britain.
The Stoic ideas upon which we focus include their cosmopolitanism, their contribution to sociability and self-interest debates, their influence on modern feminism and utilitarianism, and their prefiguration of modern conceptions of personal rights.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Stoic Political Thought and its Relevance for the Early-Modern Period
Chapter 2: Eighteenth Century Sociability Debates: Stoicism and the Battle with Modern Epicureanism
Chapter 3: Stoic Cosmopolitanism and Enlightenment Internationalism
Chapter 4: Stoicism and Utilitarian Thought
Chapter 5: Stoicism, Proto-rights, Self-ownership and John Locke
Chapter 6: Stoic Feminism and Early Modern Women Writers.
Chapter 7: Conclusion.
Lisa Hill is Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide. She is a political theorist and intellectual historian who has published extensively on the history of some of the most important ideas in the Western political tradition. Her recent books include Adam Smith’s Pragmatic Liberalism: The Science of Welfare (London and New York:Palgrave MacMillan, 2019) and The Intellectual History of Political Corruption (London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, with Bruce Buchan).
Eden Blazejak is a teaching and research assistant at the University of Adelaide. His Honours thesis (for which he was awarded the Tinline Prize) was on the topic “The Hidden Porch: Stoicism in Early Modern Political Thought.” He is about to submit his Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Epicureanism in the Enlightenment: The Influence of Epicurean Thought on the Western Political Tradition.”
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