The ancient philosophy of stoicism has been a crucial and formative influence on the development of Western thought since its inception through to the present day. It is not only an important area of study in philosophy and classics, but also in theology and literature.

The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition is the first volume of its kind, and an outstanding guide and reference source to the nature and continuing significance of stoicism. Comprising twenty-six chapters by a team of international contributors and organised chronologically, the Handbook is divided into four parts:

  • Antiquity and the Middle Ages, including stoicism in Rome; stoicism in early Christianity; the Platonic response to stoicism; and stoic influences in the late Middle Ages
  • Renaissance and Reformation, addressing the impact of stoicism on the Italian Renaissance, Reformation thought, and early modern English literature including Shakespeare
  • Early Modern Europe, including stoicism and early modern French thought; the stoic influence on Spinoza and Leibniz; stoicism and the French and Scottish Enlightenment; and Kant and stoic ethics
  • The Modern World, including stoicism in nineteenth century German philosophy; stoicism in Victorian culture; stoicism in America; stoic themes in contemporary Anglo-American ethics; and the stoic influence on modern psychotherapy.

An invaluable resource for anyone interested in the philosophical history and impact of stoic thought, The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition is essential reading for all students and researchers working on the subject.

chapter |13 pages


ByJohn Sellars

part |100 pages

Antiquity and the Middle Ages

chapter |12 pages

Stoicism in Rome

ByGretchen Reydams-Schils

chapter |15 pages

Stoicism in early Christianity

The Apostle Paul and the Evangelist John as Stoics
ByTroels Engberg-Pedersen

chapter |12 pages

Plotinus and the Platonic response to Stoicism

ByLloyd P. Gerson

chapter |14 pages

Augustine's debt to Stoicism in the Confessions

BySarah Catherine Byers

chapter |15 pages

Boethius and Stoicism

ByMatthew D. Walz

chapter |14 pages

Stoic themes in Peter Abelard and John of Salisbury

ByKevin Guilfoy

chapter |16 pages

Stoic influences in the later Middle Ages

ByMary Beth Ingham

part |72 pages

Renaissance and Reformation

chapter |16 pages

The recovery of Stoicism in the Renaissance

ByAda Palmer

chapter |12 pages

Stoicism in the philosophy of the Italian Renaissance

ByJill Kraye

chapter |14 pages

Justus Lipsius and Neostoicism

ByJacqueline Lagrée

chapter |13 pages

Shakespeare and early modern English literature

ByAndrew Shifflett

part |97 pages

Early modern Europe

chapter |15 pages

Medicine of the mind in early modern philosophy

ByGuido Giglioni

chapter |14 pages

Stoic themes in early modern French thought

ByMichael Moriarty

chapter |8 pages

Spinoza and the Stoics

ByJon Miller

chapter |17 pages

Leibniz and the Stoics

Fate, freedom, and providence
ByDavid Forman

chapter |11 pages

The Epicurean Stoicism of the French Enlightenment

ByEdward Andrew

chapter |16 pages

Stoicism and the Scottish Enlightenment

ByChristian Maurer

chapter |14 pages

Kant and Stoic ethics

ByDaniel Doyle, José M. Torralba

part |104 pages

The modern world

chapter |16 pages

Stoicism in nineteenth-century German philosophy

ByMichael Ure

chapter |16 pages

Stoicism and Romantic literature

BySimon Swift

chapter |12 pages

Stoicism in Victorian culture

ByHeather Ellis

chapter |15 pages

Stoicism in America

ByKenneth S. Sacks

chapter |14 pages

Stoic themes in contemporary Anglo-American ethics

ByChristopher Gill

chapter |14 pages

Stoicism and twentieth-century French philosophy

ByThomas Bénatouïl

chapter |15 pages

The Stoic influence on modern psychotherapy

ByDonald J. Robertson