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Stoic reservation in wants and expectations: a footnote on its logic

Richard Sorabji

in Episteme, etc.

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696482
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696482.003.0015
Stoic reservation in wants and expectations: a footnote on its logic

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Stoic tranquillity was achieved partly through applying reservation to their desires. Earlier analyses of reservation were criticised by Brennan, who contributed the insight that reservation can be applied to expectations. Brunschwig criticised Brennan’s analysis, and contributed the insight that Marcus Aurelius advocated a further exercise of reversing one’s desires, if frustrated. The analysis offered here seeks to preserve these insights, while avoiding difficulties in both analyses.

Keywords: Stoics; reservation; tranquillity; desire; expectation

Chapter.  3901 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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