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The Morality of Happiness$
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Julia Annas

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195096525.001.0001

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The Stoics: Human Nature and the Point of View of the Universe

The Stoics: Human Nature and the Point of View of the Universe

(p.159) 5 The Stoics: Human Nature and the Point of View of the Universe
The Morality of Happiness

Julia Annas (Contributor Webpage)

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The Stoics appeal to human nature in their theory of virtue and ‘preferred indifferents’, showing in a developmental account how grasping virtue is the culmination of a natural progression. They also appeal to the nature of the cosmos to support ethics as a whole, but this does not, as issometimes claimed, provide premises from which specific ethical conclusions are inferred.

Keywords:   cosmos, developmental account, nature, Stoics

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