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The Stoic LifeEmotions, Duties, and Fate$
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Tad Brennan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199256268.001.0001

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Oikeiôsis and Others

Oikeiôsis and Others

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(p.154) 10 Oikeiôsis and Others
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The Stoic Life
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Tad Brennan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256268.003.0010

This chapter discusses the Stoics’ theory of oikeiôsis. Texts have referred to a process called oikeiôsis, whereby things are rendered oikeion to human beings. When one thinks of something as oikeion, one thinks of its welfare as giving one reasons to act. An examination of oikeiôsis shows that the one desire that is completely incapable of reformation is the desire for the good. Whatever one takes to be good, one pursues with a selfishness and intensity that is both insatiable and unsociable.

Keywords:   oikeiôsis, oikeion, welfare, Stoics, philosophy

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