The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates

2015.04.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews René Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 230pp., $90.00
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2015.04.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews René Brouwer, The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 230pp., $90.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107024212. Reviewed by Jacob Klein, Colgate University This volume is a nicely focused study of the older Stoic conception of wisdom (sophia) and the ideal of the Stoic sage (sophos). Two of its four chapters overlap substantially with earlier studies by René Brouwer. The new material, which frames these older studies, focuses on the structure and content of sophia as conceived by the older Stoics and on the Socratic background to the doctrine of sagehood. The former topic is important for understanding Stoic moral psychology. The latter deserves more emphasis than it has recently received. Brouwer's book also brings a number of neglected but important texts to bear on his account of the early Stoics. Chapter One investigates two Stoic definitions of sophia. . .

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