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Conflict and Individual Good in Hellenistic Ethics

Nicholas White

in Individual and Conflict in Greek Ethics

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780198250593
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598661 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250592.003.0007
 Conflict and Individual Good in Hellenistic Ethics

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Contrary to the hegelian thought that harmonizing eudaimonism was manifested most fully in the Classical period of Greek ethics, it is in fact the Hellenistic period after Aristotle that shows the most forthright attempts to produce ethical views that do not generate conflicts between rational aims. This is partly the result of the Hellenistic attempts to generate positions that, unlike the doctrines of Plato and Aristotle, possess a high degree of systematic coherence. Epicurean hedonism is a case in point, as is Stoic ethics, which goes a considerable way toward eliminating the very idea of a distinction between what is good for oneself and what is good in a global, non‐self‐referential way.

Keywords: epicureanism; hedonism; Hellenistic ethics; indifference; stoic ethics; stoicism

Chapter.  18998 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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