By Lawrence C. Becker
What could stoic ethics be like this present day if stoicism had survived as a scientific method of moral idea, if it had coped effectively with the demanding situations of recent philosophy and experimental technology? A New Stoicism proposes a solution to that query, provided from in the stoic culture yet with out the metaphysical and mental assumptions that smooth philosophy and technological know-how have deserted. Lawrence Becker argues secular model of the stoic moral venture, in line with modern cosmology and developmental psychology, presents the root for a classy kind of moral naturalism, within which almost all of the tough doctrines of the traditional Stoics may be basically restated and defended.
Becker argues, according to the ancients, that advantage is something, no longer many; that it, and never happiness, is the right kind finish of all job; that it by myself is nice, all different issues being only rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the great; and that advantage is adequate for happiness. furthermore, he rejects the preferred comic strip 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 suffer the extremes of human anguish, they don't have to sacrifice pleasure to have that skill, and he seeks to show our realization from the conventional, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.