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Impressions and Assent

Tad Brennan

in The Stoic Life

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199256266
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603075 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256268.003.0005
Impressions and Assent

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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

Chapter.  4339 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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