- Title Pages
- 1 Why be a Stoic?
- 2 The Ancient Stoics: People and Sources
- 3 The Ancient Philosophical Background
- 4 An Overview of Stoic Ethics
- 5 Impressions and Assent
- 6 Belief and Knowledge
- 7 Impulses and Emotions
- Part III Ethics
- 8 Goods and Indifferents
- 9 Final Ends
- 10 Oikeiôsis <i>and</i> Others
- 11 What Makes an Action Befitting?
- 12 Discovering the Befitting: Two Models
- 13 Discovering the Befitting: A Better Model
- 14 God and Fate
- 15 Necessity and Responsibility
- 16 The Lazy Argument
- 17 The Evolution of the Will
- 18 Taking Stock
- index of citations to original texts
- index of citations to <i>svf</i> (<i>stoicorum veterum fragmenta</i>)
- index of citations to long and sedley's <i>hellenistic philosophers</i>
- Index of Citations to IG2 (Inwood and Gerson, <i>Hellenistic Philosophy</i>, 2ND edition)
- General Index
Why be a Stoic?
Why be a Stoic?
- (p.3) 1 Why be a Stoic?
- The Stoic Life
Tad Brennan (Contributor Webpage)
- Oxford University Press
This chapter opens the discussion with the questions: what is it to be a Stoic and why would one would want to live like a Stoic? It offers answers to this question — answers that are considered incomplete, misleading, false, or completely hopeless — in an effort to provide contrast, thus painting a clearer picture of the view of Stoicism presented in the succeeding chapters. The answers were derived from miscellaneous popular notions of what it is to be Stoic, or what it is to be stoical about something.
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