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 contemporary philosophy and experimental technological know-how? A New Stoicism proposes a solution to that query, provided from in the stoic culture yet with no the metaphysical and mental assumptions that smooth 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 root for a complicated kind of moral naturalism, during which nearly the entire not easy doctrines of the traditional Stoics should be truly restated and defended.
Becker argues, in response to the ancients, that advantage is something, no longer many; that it, and never happiness, is the correct finish of all job; that it on my own is nice, all different issues being purely rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the great; and that advantage is adequate for happiness. furthermore, he rejects the preferred cartoon of the stoic as a grave determine, emotionally indifferent and able normally of patience, resignation, and dealing with ache. on the contrary, he holds that whereas stoic sages may be able to undergo the extremes of human discomfort, they don't have to sacrifice pleasure to have that skill, and he seeks to show our cognizance from the popular, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.
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