Kristeva, Stoicism, and the "True Life of Interpretations"

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Ancient Stoic theories and exercises are currently enjoying a wave of enthusiasm and experimental re-appropriation. Into these currents I propose adding Kristeva’s reading of the Stoic “life of interpretations.” First I explain Kristeva’s numerous but scattered and elliptical remarks and criticisms, which tie together many domains of her thought. Second, I evaluate her reading in the light of several Stoic texts. Working through both her insights and her blind spots is important for appreciating what “modern Stoicism” is and could become. I conclude with several suggestions for further dialogue between the evolving Stoic tradition and contemporary thought.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-43
Number of pages22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventProspects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation - Warwick University, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Sep 201427 Sep 2014

Structured keywords

  • Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition


  • continental philosophy
  • psychoanalysis
  • psychotherapy
  • stoicism
  • philosophy of language


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