What are the best stoic philosophy books?

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    #1Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

    Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

    By using two different characters, a young man called 'A' and an ethical judge, Kierkegaard searches the meaning of existence through subjects such as drama, boredom or Mozart. 

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    Jack Adams
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "An in depth work but not for the feint of heart. If you have a strong background in philosophy you may be able to consume this tome. If not you will likely be disappointed and lost."
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    #2Critique of Judgment

    Critique of Judgment

    The central work of one of the most influent philosophers of all the times: Immanuel Kant. In the 'Critique of Judgment' all of those who have found the prospect of teaching the 3rd critique will admire the clarity of this work. 

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    Vivian Long
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I do believe this is a good book. However it is very deep and hard to get into unless it's "your thing" I had a hard time getting through it but I know it is loved by a lot of people."
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    #3The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

    The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

    The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph is an inspirational book written Ryan Holiday. It was published May 1, 2014 by Portfolio. It contains inspirational motivations to muddle through difficult times.

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    Arthur Smith
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a great stoic philosophy book. It serves as a great introduction to the subject. This book is famous and many famous people have endorsed it, for good reason. "
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    #4Stoicism Today: Selected Writings (Volume One)

    Stoicism Today: Selected Writings (Volume One)
    Stoicism Today: Selected Writings (Volume One) is a philosophical reference book on stoic philosophy written by Patrick Ussher. It was published September 16, 2014 by Stoicism Today.
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    Andrew Schultz
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Actually it is one of a few great books about Philosophy which includes Greek and Roman cultures. If you want to know what Stoicism was and is now, you should definitely check this great book."
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    #5Stoicism in Early Christianity

    Stoicism in Early Christianity

    Stoicism in Early Christianity is a philosophy reference book about stoicism edited by Tuomas Rasimus, Troels Engberg-Pedersen and Ismo Dunderburg. It was released November 1, 2010 by Baker Academic

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    Marie Howard
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A great book explaining the impact Stoicism had on early Christianity and how it helped shape the religion"
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    #6Self-Reliance and Other Essays

    Self-Reliance and Other Essays

    The Dover Thrift Edition of Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson includes six essays and one address regarding his views on moral idealism and the later skepticism that colored his thoughts.

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    Patricia May
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Self-Reliance and Other Essays is one of the best philosophy books and is written by one of the most memorable authors of all time. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who's writing is both stoic in nature and skeptical, really helps the reader to question life and its unknowable meaning in this book. Anyone who desires to take more time out for reflection should read this book."
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    #7The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

    The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
    The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness is a philosophical reference and inspirational book written by the Greek stoic philosopher Epictetus. It was published February 5, 2013 by HarperOne.
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    #8Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems

    Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems

    Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems is a philosophical reference book written by Jules Evans. It was published October 15 2013 by New World Library.

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    Mary Lawson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I read this book for my college lit class. It was very eye-opening for me. I hadn't ever put any thought into philosophy and this has actually sparked an interest in me!"
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    #9Letters from a Stoic

    Letters from a Stoic

    Letters from a Stoic is a book written by Seneca and translated by Robin Campbell. Letters from a Stoic was published on August 26, 2004 by Penguin Books. Letters from a Stoic' paperback edition has 256 pages.

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    Brandon Smith
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Letters from a Stoic is a book which details letters that were written to a young friend on a wide variety of topics. It has some humor but also some seriousness to it so it should appeal to a wide audience of readers."
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    #10The Stoics: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

    The Stoics: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

    The Stoics: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) is a philosophical reference book written by M. Andrew Holowchak. It was published June 22, 2008 by Bloomsbury Academic.

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    Ai Yao
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is a good introduction to Stoicism. I found it very interesting. If you are interested in stoic philosophy then this a good book that you will probably enjoy."
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    #11Epictetus: The Essential Writings

    Epictetus: The Essential Writings
    Epictetus: The Essential Writings is a philosophical reference book written by the infamous Epictetus. It was edited and published by Seedbox Classics November 12, 2011. 
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    Joy Zhu
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A classic stoic philosophers Epictetus is fulfilling to read. It's a simple philosophy he gives, that will help your understanding of yourself. It then tries to help you learn to discipline your thoughts so that you can develop habits of good thoughts."
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    #12The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy

    The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy

    The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy is a stoic philosophy reference book written by Donald Robertson. It was published August 27, 2010 by Routledge.

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    Benito Téllez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I read this book in Philosophy class prior to graduating. This book was such an excellent resource for my studies and I honestly enjoyed reading it. Stoic philosophy has always been interesting to me. I never want to seem too emotional in front of my girlfriend."
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    #13The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate

    The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate
    The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate is a philosophical reference and guide book written by Tad Brennan. It was published July 29, 2005 by Oxford University Press. It highlights the way one can live in a stoic manner.
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    Carl Hansen
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I really love books about stoic philosophy. The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate is one of the best. I highly recommend it. Learn how to be stoic. "
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    #14A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

    A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
    A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy is a book written by William B. Irvine. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy was published on November 1, 2008 by Oxford University.
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    Marcos Rosas
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy is certainlhy a classic worth reading if you are tryimg to examine yourself in a more meaningful manner. You will learn how to live a better and more productive life. Use this as your cornerstone to the pathway of success and enjoyment."
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    #15Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses of Epictetus

    Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses of Epictetus

    Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses is a book written by Epictetus and translated by George Long. Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses was published on January 1, 2005 by Digireads.com

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    Han Lin
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book on philosophy is a lesson about the ancient Greek philosopher Enchiridion. Philosophy, not being my main interest, I found the writing a bit dry and not as interesting as other books. Granted this is not fiction, which is more to my taste. Nevertheless, it is an insightful book into philosophy's beginnings."
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