A New Stoicism

A New Stoicism

Lawrence C. Becker


What may stoic ethics be like this present day if stoicism had survived as a scientific method of moral concept, 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 query, 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, according to modern cosmology and developmental psychology, presents the foundation for a classy kind of moral naturalism, during which nearly the entire challenging doctrines of the traditional Stoics should be essentially restated and defended.

Becker argues, in line with the ancients, that advantage is something, no longer many; that it, and never happiness, is the right kind finish of all job; that it by myself is nice, all different issues being simply rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the great; and that advantage is adequate for happiness. in addition, he rejects the preferred sketch of the stoic as a grave determine, emotionally indifferent and able almost always 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 agony, they don't have to sacrifice pleasure to have that skill, and he seeks to show our awareness from the widely used, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.

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