Influence of stoicism on modern political thought?

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wrt Holocaust and Eastern Europe by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 02:40:43 PM EST
I reviewed Snyder's Bloodlands last year:

Bloodlands is a somber book about the 14 million murdered by Hitler and Stalin between Berlin and Moscow, between 1933 and 1945. Up until 1942, Stalin was killing the most civilians, but Hitler surpassed him. Very depressing.

Nice article about Andy Capp, I do like his potato treats.


The poor reputation of the Stoics by lm (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 05:48:40 PM EST
I think most of their bad rap can be explained through (a) Chrysippus offering a different logic than Aristotle and (b) texts of Chrysippus never being rediscovered by the Romans like the texts of Aristotle were. Once the works of Aristotle was rediscovered, he became the defacto Teacher, eventually even eclipsing Plato in most of Europe.  Anyone writing something other than what he wrote was "obviously" inferior. If the works of Chrysippus had been rediscovered, he may have given Aristotle a run for his money.  But even today we have only fragments.

Another reason Stoics gained a bad rap in the Christian era is the seeming acceptance of suicide as a rational choice. By the time of Seneca there was at least the appearance of a suicide epidemic among upper class Romans. Rightfully or wrongfully, the popular mind understood this epidemic to be largely the result of Stoic influences. Christians picked up on this theme and to them it seemed like the ultimate rejection of their incarnational theology.

It's a shame because I think in both logic and metaphysics, the Stoics had a superior system to either Aristotle or Plate.


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HANDI CAP by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 09:31:32 PM EST
My mind asplode.

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