Stoicism for Lawyers

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THU 3:45 - 4:45 pm TNH 2.124

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This class will examine how the ancient ethical ideas of the Stoics can shed light on the problems of law students, lawyers, and clients.  The readings will focus on Epictetus, Seneca, and other classical philosophers, along with some of their modern descendants. Short response papers will be required.  We will meet for one hour each week.  Assessment will be pass/fail.  Students wishing to enroll are instructed to email the instructor, Dean Farnsworth, between 12/20/19 and 1/7/20 with a brief statement of their interest:

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User's Manual *
Ward Farnsworth
David R Godine , edition: Third Printing edition (June 7, 2018)
ISBN: 1567926118
The Handbook (The Encheiridion) *
Epictetus (Translated by Nicholas White)
Hackett Publishing Company , edition: Later Printing Used Edition, 1983
ISBN: 0915145693


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