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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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Impressions and Assent

Impressions and Assent

(p.51) 5 Impressions and Assent
The Stoic Life

Tad Brennan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the Stoics’ views about impressions and assent. Assent is the linchpin of the Stoic system. It is the fundamental psychological activity; the key to the difference between virtuous and vicious people. One assents to impressions, which are alterations or changes in the mind. Two schools of thought are discussed, that imply that what one assents to is not an impression, but rather a proposition — something like a statement or sentence — connected with the impression.

Keywords:   impressions, assent, proposition, Stoicism, philosophy, Stoics

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