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The nature of the soul provides the foundation for Stoic individual ethics.
However he also suggests a second, more plausible proposal: the stoic pragmatist will ideally "put off the moment [of death] until our ebbing energy gets us ready" (61).
1) The Stoic moral philosophy by the public opinion is just a meaningless amount of historical data, an unpleasant obligation for the students of philosophy in the time of their exams of history of philosophy, without any relevance for the debates of contemporary moral philosophy.
Unless I say otherwise, when I say 'god' in this work, I mean the great Stoic god, the active principle who runs the whole cosmos and is, in some ways, like the Gods of more recent monotheisms.
While Smith's reference to "an invisible hand" might merely be a classical allusion, it must be noted that the concept derives from the Stoic understanding of Providence.
Second, these essays focus on the Roman not the ancient or middle Stoics.
Although the Spartans may not have had an intricately developed system of Stoic philosophy, they were certainly stoical in how they lived.
Sherman reports that Westhusing "felt sullied, and in a tradition that Stoics made famous he took his life to preserve his honor.
Of course, there is no knowing if Stoic has made the same progress, but he races off 104 and was well backed for the Royal Hunt Cup on his only start since coming back from Dubai, faring much the best of those who raced on the wrong side.
Franklin's regimen mentis, his program of self-cultivation and "constant vigilance" maintained by means of score-keeping notebooks, was, like the Stoic exercises of old, an askesis or ascetics of the self aimed at developing the Art of Vrtue (the title of a book Franklin wanted to write but never managed to complete) (6).
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5) Montaigne, who takes issue with Stoic precepts throughout his essays, defines constancy in "Of Repenting" as a "languishing and wavering dance" and questions the supremacy of reason itself in "Of Constancy.