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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

An Overview of Stoic Ethics

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(p.35) 4 An Overview of Stoic Ethics
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The Stoic Life
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Tad Brennan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256268.003.0004

This chapter presents an overview of the Stoic system. Stoics assume that all human beings wish to be happy, and that happiness is the end of everything one does. They insist that it is wrong to think that pleasure is good; that money and fame are good; and that health, freedom, and life are good. It is also wrong to think that their opposites (poverty, dishonor, illness, slavery, and death) are bad. Vice alone is bad; and everyone is awash in vice. Stoics like to discuss ethics by describing what a perfectly virtuous person, a Stoic Sage, would be like.

Keywords:   Stoic ethics, Stoic system, philosophy, Stoicism, Sage

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