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The Emergence of a Notion of Will in Stoicism

Michael Frede

in A Free Will

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268487
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948372 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268487.003.0003
The Emergence of a Notion of Will in Stoicism

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This chapter presents the text of Michael Frede's speech concerning the emergence of a notion of will in Stoicism. It explains that the Stoics rejected the partition of the soul because they believed that the division of the soul threatens the unity of the person and obscures the responsibility we have for our supposedly nonrational desires. It discusses the issues of reason and impulse and explains that the Stoic notion of a will was clearly developed to pinpoint the source of our responsibility for our actions and to identify precisely what it is that makes them our own doings.

Keywords: will; Stoicism; soul; nonrational desires; reason; impulse; actions; Michael Frede

Chapter.  6221 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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