A New Stoicism

A New Stoicism

Lawrence C. Becker


What may stoic ethics be like this day if stoicism had survived as a scientific method of moral thought, if it had coped effectively with the demanding situations of contemporary philosophy and experimental technological know-how? A New Stoicism proposes a solution to that question, provided from in the stoic culture yet with out the metaphysical and mental assumptions that glossy philosophy and technology have deserted. Lawrence Becker argues secular model of the stoic moral venture, in response to modern cosmology and developmental psychology, presents the root for a complicated kind of moral naturalism, during which almost all of the difficult doctrines of the traditional Stoics should be in actual fact restated and defended.

Becker argues, in line with the ancients, that advantage is something, no longer many; that it, and never happiness, is the correct finish of all task; that it on my own is sweet, all different issues being purely rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the great; and that advantage is enough for happiness. additionally, he rejects the preferred cartoon of the stoic as a grave determine, emotionally indifferent and able normally of persistence, resignation, and dealing with discomfort. on the contrary, he holds that whereas stoic sages may be able to undergo the extremes of human ache, they don't have to sacrifice pleasure to have that skill, and he seeks to show our realization from the time-honored, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.

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