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The Stoics: Human Nature and the Point of View of the Universe

Julia Annas

in The Morality of Happiness

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096521
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833061 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195096525.003.0006
The Stoics: Human Nature and the Point of View of the Universe

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The Stoics appeal to human nature in their theory of virtue and ‘preferred indifferents’, showing in a developmental account how grasping virtue is the culmination of a natural progression. They also appeal to the nature of the cosmos to support ethics as a whole, but this does not, as issometimes claimed, provide premises from which specific ethical conclusions are inferred.

Keywords: cosmos; developmental account; nature; Stoics

Chapter.  12941 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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