By Lawrence C. Becker
What might 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 technology? A New Stoicism proposes a solution to that question, 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 line with modern cosmology and developmental psychology, presents the foundation for a complicated type of moral naturalism, within which nearly the entire difficult doctrines of the traditional Stoics will be in actual fact restated and defended.
Becker argues, in line with the ancients, that advantage is something, now not many; that it, and never happiness, is the correct finish of all task; that it on my own is sweet, all different issues being only rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the nice; and that advantage is enough for happiness. furthermore, he rejects the preferred cartoon of the stoic as a grave determine, emotionally indifferent and able customarily of persistence, resignation, and dealing with discomfort. on the contrary, he holds that whereas stoic sages may be able to suffer the extremes of human agony, they don't have to sacrifice pleasure to have that skill, and he seeks to show our recognition from the prevalent, 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