CLAS 196/PHIL 196
Prof. Jacques Bailly

As usual, these lecture notes are based upon a reading of Tad Brennan's The Stoic Life. It would be tedious to list every point of indebtedness: let this note suffice as notice that Brennan's book is the basis of these lectures. Some things are changed, expanded, condensed, reorganized, and some material is from elsewhere.

Marcus Aurelius 5.19 struck me:
Things themselves touch not the soul, not in the least degree; nor have they admission to the soul, nor can they turn or move the soul: but the soul turns and moves itself alone, and whatever judgments it may think proper to make, such it makes for itself the things which present themselves to it.

OIKEIOSIS: the Stoic view about the place of other people in one's life, ethically speaking

Brennan's "Good News Bad News" Jokes:
The only Desire we simply can never tame is our Desire for the good: we pursue it with selfish intensity.