By Lawrence C. Becker
What might stoic ethics be like this present day if stoicism had survived as a scientific method of moral thought, if it had coped effectively with the demanding situations of recent philosophy and experimental technological know-how? a brand new Stoicism proposes a solution to that question, provided from in the stoic culture yet with no the metaphysical and mental assumptions that sleek philosophy and technological know-how have deserted. Lawrence Becker argues secular model of the stoic moral undertaking, in accordance with modern cosmology and developmental psychology, offers the foundation for a complicated type of moral naturalism, during which almost the entire tough doctrines of the traditional Stoics may be sincerely restated and defended.
Becker argues, in response to the ancients, that advantage is something, now not many; that it, and never happiness, is the correct finish of all job; that it on my own is sweet, all different issues being in simple terms rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the great; and that advantage is adequate for happiness. additionally, he rejects the preferred sketch of the stoic as a grave determine, emotionally indifferent and able generally of patience, resignation, and dealing with discomfort. on the contrary, he holds that whereas stoic sages may be able to undergo the extremes of human affliction, they don't have to sacrifice pleasure to have that skill, and he seeks to show our realization from the standard, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.
"From the start to the tip of this compact yet lucid publication, Becker skillfully brings to lifestyles either the arguments and the intuitive allure of stoicism.... In its necessities [the new stoicism] is recognizable, with its fairly astringent rational attraction improved through Becker's concentrated and self-disciplined argumentation. Zeno, i think, will be pleased."
-Brad Inwood, Apeiron
"A stimulating dialogue of ethics that's freed from the jejune or overly technical attitudes attribute of a lot present writing at the subject."
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About the Author
Lawrence C. Becker is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor within the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy on the university of William and Mary. he's the writer of a number of books, together with Reciprocity and estate Rights: Philosophic Foundations. he's the coeditor, with Charlotte B. Becker, of the Encyclopedia of Ethics.
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Nor are they merely shorthand names for collections of corporeal things. ”) There are dense metaphysical thickets in all of this, but we think ethics can avoid them. When we discuss consciousness and subjectivity in Chapter 6, we will have occasion to remind readers again that stoics are thoroughgoing materialists in the sense that we hold that there is only one kind of “stuff” or substrate of which existing things are composed. David Jones (in correspondence) has pressed the point, however, that we must make clear both that we deny substance dualism and that we decline to follow the any of the rigorously reductive or eliminative versions of materialism—versions that reject all forms of emergent property dualism, for example.
There are various ways of interpreting that doctrine to make it plausible. ” In effect, we offer a similar one in Chapters 6 and 7, and cite others in the commentary to chapter 6, where we quote relevant passages from White. Here we are simply concerned with reminding readers that stoics are perfectly aware of the importance of all of the things people ordinarily count as goods. Moreover, the analysis of values offered in this chapter is meant to caution against the temptation to read the stoics as denying “intrinsic” worth to all ordinary goods.
In effect, we offer a similar one in Chapters 6 and 7, and cite others in the commentary to chapter 6, where we quote relevant passages from White. Here we are simply concerned with reminding readers that stoics are perfectly aware of the importance of all of the things people ordinarily count as goods. Moreover, the analysis of values offered in this chapter is meant to caution against the temptation to read the stoics as denying “intrinsic” worth to all ordinary goods. We are not committed to the position that pleasurable affects, friendship, and so on are merely instrumental or “extrinsic” goods.
A New Stoicism by Lawrence C. Becker