Justus Lipsius: On Constancy

Justus Lipsius, translated by John Stradling, and edited by John Sellars

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ISBN: 9781904675150

Publication: August 11, 2006

Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Classic Editions

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Justus Lipsius' De Constantia (1584) is one of the most important and interesting of sixteenth century Humanist texts. A dialogue in two books, conceived as a philosophical consolation for those suffering through contemporary religious wars, De Constantia proved immensely popular in its day and formed the inspiration for what has become known as 'Neo-stoicism'. This movement advocated the revival of Stoic ethics in a form that would be palatable to a Christian audience. In De Constantia Lipsius deploys Stoic arguments concerning appropriate attitudes towards emotions and external events. He also makes clear which parts of stoic philosophy must be rejected, including its materialism and its determinism. De Constantia was translated into a number of vernacular languages soon after its original publication in Latin. Of the English translations that were made, that by Sir John Stradling (1595) became a classic; it was last reprinted in 1939. The present edition offers a lightly revised version of Stradling’s translation, updated for modern readers, along with a new introduction, notes and bibliography.

Contents Preface Introduction Background Lipsius' Life Lipsius' Works Later Impact: Neo-stoicism Stoicism after Neo-stoicism Analytic Outline of Contents The Chapter Headings De Constantia To the Reader Book I Book II Bibliographical Guide to Lipsius' Works General Bibliography Index of Passages

Format: Paperback

Size: 216 x 138 mm

162 Pages

ISBN: 9781904675150

Publication: August 11, 2006

Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Classic Editions

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