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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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Goods and Indifferents

Goods and Indifferents

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(p.119) 8 Goods and Indifferents
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The Stoic Life
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Tad Brennan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256268.003.0008

Stoics claim that only virtue is good, only vice is bad, and the rest are indifferents of various sorts. The strategies employed Stoics to argue for this claim, and why they should be believed are analysed. Cicero’s discussion on the fourth book of his treatise de Finibus (On Ends) is examined. It is argued that the Stoic account of human good must be met on the grounds of physics and metaphysics, with a competing account of human nature.

Keywords:   good, bad, ethics, virtue, vice, indifferents, Stoicism, philosophy, Stoics

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