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Necessity and Responsibility

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/10.1093/0199256268.003.0015
Necessity and Responsibility

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This chapter examines two anti-Stoic arguments. The first claims that the Stoic acceptance of divination and fate commits them to the conclusion that everything happens by necessity. The second claims that the Stoics’ view of causation entails that nothing one does is really ‘up to us’, thus nothing one does can justifiably be praised or blamed. These arguments will provide a broader view of the significance of the Stoic position on Fate and its relation to moral responsibility.

Keywords: fate; Stoics; Stoicism; philosophy

Chapter.  10721 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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