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Now Available: Teach yourself Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013)

Out now! Teach Yourself: Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013) by Donald Robertson.

Teach Yourself:
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013)

Teach Yourself: Stoicism and the Art of Happinessby Donald Robertson

Now available in the UK, published by Hodder.  ISBN: 9781444187106. You can now order from the publisher, or from Amazon and all major online booksellers in paperback or ebook (inc. Kindle) format.  Will also become available in the USA and other countries around February 2014.  However, in the meantime, The Book Depository will ship overseas from the UK free of charge.

Why, then, do you wonder that good men are shaken in order that they may grow strong? No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley. It is, therefore, to the advantage even of good men, to the end that they may be unafraid, to live constantly amidst alarms and to bear with patience the happenings which are ills to him only who ill supports them. – Seneca, On Providence

This new addition to Hodder’s popular Teach Yourself series provides a detailed introduction to Stoic philosophy, with particular emphasis on applying Stoic ethics and therapy to modern living. Donald Robertson is a registered psychotherapist, specialising in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety and other evidence-based approaches, with a background in academic philosophy. He is the author of four previous books, two of which also deal with Stoicism and its relation to modern psychology and psychotherapy:

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness is the product of Donald’s experience over the past fifteen years, in his attempt to integrate the ancient wisdom of Stoic philosophy with modern evidence-based approaches to psychological therapy and stress management.

Chapters Include

  1. Preface: modern Stoicism
  2. The way of the Stoic: “Living in agreement with Nature”
  3. Stoic Ethics: The nature of the good
  4. The promise of philosophy (“therapy of the passions”)
  5. The discipline of desire (Stoic acceptance)
  6. Love, friendship, and the ideal Sage
  7. The discipline of action (Stoic philanthropy)
  8. Premeditation of adversity
  9. The discipline of judgement (Stoic mindfulness)
  10. Self-awareness and the “Stoic fork”
  11. The view from above & Stoic cosmology
  12. eBook Appendix: The contemplation of death

You can also read a free sample chapter from the book online.

7 replies on “Now Available: Teach yourself Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013)”

Working my way thru Teach Yourself Stoicism and the Art of Happiness – enjoying and stimulated by it. However, I got the Kindle version from Amazon – no extra chapter on meditation on death. Does the Kindle version not count as an ebook?

Great book Donald, helped me “organise” all that content I have been reading, content I read over and over again but with your book I will be able to get more out of it. I got the book through Amazon, the kindle version UK website. I could not find the chapter on Death supposedly included in the e-book version. Is the Kindle not considered an e-book? I am not trying to be sarcastic just an honest question.

Apologies for that. The chapter is missing. You’ll need to contact the publisher. I’ve already notified them about the problem. I’ve asked if I can have permission to publish it as a PDF or ebook on my blog, in the short-term, so it’s freely available online.

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