A New Stoicism by Lawrence C. Becker
By Lawrence C. Becker
What may stoic ethics be like at the present time if stoicism had survived as a scientific method of moral thought, 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 query, provided from in the stoic culture yet with out the metaphysical and mental assumptions that sleek philosophy and technological know-how have deserted. Lawrence Becker argues secular model of the stoic moral undertaking, in line with modern cosmology and developmental psychology, offers the foundation for a classy kind of moral naturalism, during which nearly the entire challenging doctrines of the traditional Stoics will be in actual fact restated and defended.
Becker argues, in response to the ancients, that advantage is something, now not many; that it, and never happiness, is the correct finish of all job; that it by myself is sweet, all different issues being simply rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the great; and that advantage is adequate for happiness. furthermore, he rejects the preferred sketch of the stoic as a grave determine, emotionally indifferent and able usually of persistence, resignation, and dealing with ache. 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 cognizance from the commonly used, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.
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