Chapter

On Grief

in Cicero on the Emotions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780226305776
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226305196 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226305196.003.0003
On Grief

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This chapter explains Cicero's treatment of the problems that come from solutions proposed in the writings of the early Stoics Cleanthes and Chrysippus. Stoics not only denied that the wise person can regard any present circumstances as an evil, but even the Peripatetics did not want their wise person to believe that any present evil is a serious one. The primary difference between the two ethical systems can thus be set aside. Distress in the broader sense has not been treated exhaustively, because there are many other species, which Cicero proceeds to enumerate. Parallels in other Stoic texts suggest that the feeling of which he speaks is also integral to the Stoic theory, where it serves to clarify the Stoic point about the defining role of assent.

Keywords: Cicero; Stoics Cleanthes; Chrysippus; Peripatetics; Stoic theory; grief

Chapter.  23666 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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