Oikeiôsis <i>and</i> Others

Tad Brennan

in The Stoic Life

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199256266
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603075 | DOI:
Oikeiôsis and Others

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This chapter discusses the Stoics’ theory of oikeiôsis. Texts have referred to a process called oikeiôsis, whereby things are rendered oikeion to human beings. When one thinks of something as oikeion, one thinks of its welfare as giving one reasons to act. An examination of oikeiôsis shows that the one desire that is completely incapable of reformation is the desire for the good. Whatever one takes to be good, one pursues with a selfishness and intensity that is both insatiable and unsociable.

Keywords: oikeiôsis; oikeion; welfare; Stoics; philosophy

Chapter.  6086 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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