Why Virtue Is the Only Good

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It is fundamental that virtue is the only good for a Stoic. There is not a perfect proof for why virtue is the sole good. As my philosophy professor at Drury U used to say, “you have to bite the bullet when deciding to commit to any particular ethical theory.” People at times despair that… Continue reading Why Virtue Is the Only Good

Stoicism and David Hume

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David Hume held the belief that ethics couldn’t be derived from reason but only from sentiment.  Basically, morality is founded on non-rational emotional responses to experience.  Hume thought of reason like a dog tied to a cart going wherever passion/desire would take it and doing so quite willingly. Stoicism’s views are similar to Hume’s in… Continue reading Stoicism and David Hume

How Stoically living in agreement with nature is Newtonian physics without friction

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The Stoic motto is to live in agreement with nature (also a Cynic motto). It’s common to sum up the motto as, “live rationally and virtuously.” That’s basically what it means. But there’s more to it. The foundation of Stoic morality isn’t mere reason but reason and love, a form of rational love. In fact… Continue reading How Stoically living in agreement with nature is Newtonian physics without friction

Stoicism and David Hume

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David Hume held the belief that ethics couldn’t be derived from reason but only from sentiment.  Basically, morality is founded on non-rational emotional responses to experience.  Hume thought of reason like a dog tied to a cart going wherever passion/desire would take it and doing so quite willingly. Stoicism’s views are similar to Hume’s in… Continue reading Stoicism and David Hume

Why is virtue the only good?

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It’s fundamental that virtue is the only good for a Stoic. There’s not a perfect proof for why virtue is the sole good. As my philosophy professor at Drury U used to say, “you just have to bite the bullet when deciding to commit to any particular ethical theory.” People at times despair that if… Continue reading Why is virtue the only good?