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Stoic Virtues: Chrysippus and the Religious Character of Stoic Ethics (Christoph Jedan) Hardcover Book, (Continuum, 2010) 9781441112521
Stoic Virtues: Chrysippus and the Religious Character of Stoic Ethics (Christoph Jedan) Hardcover Book, (Continuum, 2010) 9781441112521
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Title: Stoic Virtues: Chrysippus and the Religious Character of Stoic Ethics

Author: Jedan, Christoph

Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781441112521

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

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Like its ancient rivals, Stoic ethics was a form of virtue ethics, yet while the concept of virtue was clearly central to Stoic ethics, the concept of Stoic virtue has not yet been fully explored. Instead, the existing literature tends to impose on the Stoic material philosophically quite alien non-Aristotelian interpretations of virtue. According to Christoph Jedan, however, a thorough examination of the Stoic concept of virtue leads to a reassessment of our understanding of Stoic ethics.

This book emphasises in particular the theological underpinning of Stoic ethics, which Jedan contends has been underestimated in current accounts of Stoic ethics. Jedan argues that the theological motifs in Stoic ethics are in fact pivotal to a complete understanding of Stoic ethics. The book focuses on Chrysippus, the most important of the early Stoic thinkers, suggesting that his contribution, and in particular its religious aspect, remained a key point of reference for later Stoics. This fascinating book makes a crucial contribution to the field of ancient ethics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Introduction

Part I: A Religious World-View

1. Stoic Corporealism

2. Stoic Theology

3. Two Pictures of Fate

Part II: Virtue and the Virtues

4. Definitions of Virtue

5. The Virtues as Epistemai

6. The Virtues: Different Yet Inseparable

7. A Catalogue of Virtues

Part III: Becoming Virtuous

8. Vice and the Attainability of Virtue

9. Initiation

10. Virtue and Happiness

Part IV: Practices of Virtues

11. Law and Rules

12. The Single Kathekon and the Versatility of Stoic Prescriptions

Epilogue

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Notes

Bibliography

Index of Cited Passages

General Index

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