Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind by Nancy ShermanStoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind by Nancy Sherman

Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military Mind

byNancy Sherman

Paperback | March 15, 2007

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While few soldiers may have read the works of Epictetus or Marcus Aurelius, it is undoubtedly true that the ancient philosophy known as Stoicism guides the actions of many in the military. Soldiers and seamen learn early in their training "to suck it up," to endure, to put aside theirfeelings and to get on with the mission. Stoic Warriors is the first book to delve deeply into the ancient legacy of this relationship, exploring what the Stoic philosophy actually is, the role it plays in the character of the military (both ancient and modern), and its powerful value as a philosophy of life. Marshalling anecdotesfrom military history--ranging from ancient Greek wars to World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq--Nancy Sherman illuminates the military mind and uses it as a window on the virtues of the Stoic philosophy, which are far richer and more interesting than our popularized notions. Sherman--a respectedphilosopher who taught at the US Naval Academy--explores the deep, lasting value that Stoicism can yield, in issues of military leadership and character; in the Stoic conception of anger and its control (does a warrior need anger to go to battle?); and in Stoic thinking about fear and resilience,grief and mourning, and the value of camaraderie and brotherhood. Sherman concludes by recommending a moderate Stoicism, where the task for the individual, both civilian and military, youth and adult, is to temper control with forgiveness, and warrior drive and achievement with humility and humor. Here then is a perceptive investigation of what makes Stoicism so compelling not only as a guiding principle for the military, but as a philosophy for anyone facing the hardships of life.
Nancy Sherman is University Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law School. In 1997-1999, she served as the inaugural holder of the Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the United States Naval Academy.
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Title:Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy behind the Military MindFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:March 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019531591X

ISBN - 13:9780195315912

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"A very interesting and valuable insight into the philosophy of Stoicism which appears to guide the actions and influence the culture of many in the military, even those who are not intimately familiar with the philosophy. Of interest to military and civilian readers alike."--Admiral CharlesLarson, 4 star and former CINC PAC and USNA superintendent