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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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God and Fate

God and Fate

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The Stoic Life

Tad Brennan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the Stoics’ views about God and Fate. The Stoics believe that every event that occurs in the cosmos was fated and determined to occur. When events are controlled by Fate — which is the same thing as Necessity, Zeus, and Providence — they are not influenced from a distance, or controlled from on high. Instead, Fate works on every portion of every object’s being. Thus, the Stoic understanding of fate was intended to play a role on helping individuals take a different view of their lives.

Keywords:   God, Fate, Stoics, Stoicism, philosophy

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