Stoa del Sol The Stoa of the ancient Greco-Roman world was a teaching forum for the philosophical precepts of Stoicism. First expounded upon by Zeno of Citium (c. 366-264 b.c.e.), Stoicism was one of the loftiest and most sublime philosophies in the record of Western civilization. Its scope included a cosmology, logic, and ethics. And its impact has reached down through the centuries--early Greek Stoicism, later Roman Stoicism, Stoic influence in Christian thought, Stoic thought found in the humanism of the Renaissance, and beyond this in the pantheistic philosophy of Spinoza. The Stoa del Sol is a contemporary forum for essays that reflect some of the historical principles of Stoicism in relation to a New Cosmology and New Spiritual Paradigm prompted by modern science and systems theories. Stoicism is a doctrine that declares that all existence is confined within the limits of the sensible universe. The Stoics considered that human nature was the universal on a small scale--a microcosm!
When the World Outlawed War This is a masterful account of how people in the United States and around the world worked to abolish war as a legitimate act of state policy and won in 1928, outlawing war with a treaty that is still on the books. Swanson's account of the successful work of those who came before us to insist that war be outlawed points us toward new ways of thinking about both war and political activism. Ralph Nader puts this on his list of 11 books everyone should read. Buy the paperback at Better World Books, 100Fires, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, other sellers, or your local independent bookstore, which can order it through Ingram. (If you order from Amazon it will ship right away even if Amazon says it won't ship for weeks; it is print-on-demand.) Or you can get 10 copies for $60, or 50 copies for $200, or more (all with free shipping) here. Donate free books to nonprofit educational groups here. Buy the iPad/iPhone version at the iBookstore. Get any of these versions for $2 right here: Kindle:
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