The Dialogical Stoic

Arthur W. Frank

in The Renewal of Generosity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780226260150
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226260259 | DOI:
The Dialogical Stoic

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This chapter examines Stoicism and dialogical thought, beginning with two reflections on illness and a story of care. The first is from personal experience of illness, and the second returns to Sam Crane to describe the experience of giving care. The chapter turns from the experience of illness to the experience of offering care. One of Sam Crane's stories of caring for Aidan illustrates the complementary necessity of Stoicism and dialogue. Crane expresses his communion with Aidan—the physical intimacy is tangible. He is also engaging in a form of Stoic spiritual exercise. He controls his attention to the reality outside himself, and he shapes how he understands his relation to this reality. The Dialogical Stoic may be a philosophical oxymoron, but it can be an experiential reality.

Keywords: Stoicism; illness; care; Sam Crane; dialogue; reality; Dialogical Stoic; experiential reality

Chapter.  10109 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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