A New Stoicism by Lawrence C. Becker

By Lawrence C. Becker

What could stoic ethics be like at the present time if stoicism had survived as a scientific method of moral idea, if it had coped effectively with the demanding situations of recent philosophy and experimental technological know-how? A New Stoicism proposes a solution to that question, provided from in the stoic culture yet with no the metaphysical and mental assumptions that glossy philosophy and technological know-how have deserted. Lawrence Becker argues secular model of the stoic moral undertaking, in response to modern cosmology and developmental psychology, offers the root for a complicated type of moral naturalism, within which almost the entire demanding doctrines of the traditional Stoics will be in actual fact restated and defended.

Becker argues, according to the ancients, that advantage is something, now not many; that it, and never happiness, is the right kind finish of all task; that it on my own is nice, all different issues being only rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the nice; and that advantage is enough for happiness. in addition, he rejects the preferred comic strip of the stoic as a grave determine, emotionally indifferent and able quite often of patience, resignation, and dealing with soreness. on the contrary, he holds that whereas stoic sages may be able to suffer the extremes of human affliction, they don't have to sacrifice pleasure to have that skill, and he seeks to show our realization from the normal, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.

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