By Lawrence C. Becker
What might 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 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 glossy philosophy and technology have deserted. Lawrence Becker argues secular model of the stoic moral undertaking, in accordance with modern cosmology and developmental psychology, presents the foundation for a classy kind of moral naturalism, within which almost all of the challenging doctrines of the traditional Stoics will be in actual fact restated and defended.
Becker argues, in accordance with 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 in basic terms rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the nice; 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 in general of patience, 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 cognizance from the favourite, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.
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A New Stoicism by Lawrence C. Becker