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Stoic Ethics

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHILOS 2P03
Professor
Mark Johnstone
Semester
Fall

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Stoic EthicsFor the Stoics the telos goal or end of life is living in agreement with nature y We should aim to live in agreement with ourselves consistently free from inner conflict and contradiction y We should aim to live in accordance with our human nature especially our nature as rational beings y We should aim to live in accordance with the natural order Ie in accordance with the order of nature as a wholeThe Good identified with the beneficialMany things commonly considered good are sometimes badharmful ex money fame power If something is sometimes harmful it is not truly goodThe only things that are truly good strictly speaking are the virtues and things directly pertaining to virtue ex virtuous people virtuous actionsIt is never bad to have wisdom or other things that are virtuous Stoic ethics and Socrates Stoic ethics can be seen as a revival and development of views widely attributed to the historical Socrates 1 We should concern ourselves not w
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