Psychological resilience: Connecting contemporary psychology to ancient practical philosophy

Owen, Joel (2023) Psychological resilience: Connecting contemporary psychology to ancient practical philosophy. Theory and Psychology, 33 (3). pp. 366-385. ISSN 0959-3543

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Over the last five decades, a substantial and increasing number of scholarly studies have appeared on the topic of resilience, but relatively little attention has been paid to the way in which it relates to a body of work in ancient Greek and Roman practical philosophy. In this article, I review contemporary research on psychological resilience alongside a discussion of ancient practical philosophy such as it was conceived of by philosophers such as Socrates, the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans. I suggest that acknowledging and exploring the connections between these two fields has the potential to enrich the study both of psychological resilience and of ancient practical philosophy. Having drawn attention to a number of important points of connection, I discuss some of the theoretical implications for our current understanding of resilience, and finish by pointing towards several areas of potential interest for future exploration on this topic.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted manuscript version of the article, that has been accepted for publication in Theory & Psychology. A link to the DOI of the final published paper is provided.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ancient philosophy,ancient practical ethics,eudaimonia,flourishing,resilience,psychology(all),history and philosophy of science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2023 12:31
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2023 11:30
DOI: 10.1177/09593543231153820


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