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Pursuits of WisdomSix Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus$
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John M. Cooper

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691138602

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691138602.001.0001

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Stoicism as a Way of Life

Stoicism as a Way of Life

(p.144) Chapter 4 Stoicism as a Way of Life
Pursuits of Wisdom

John M. Cooper

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the Stoic way of life. As a necessary preparation, the Stoic way of life requires extensive study of and practice in philosophical argument and analysis. It also requires constant and conscious reference, as one leads one's life, to philosophical principles and to specific philosophical conclusions, together with the reasoning on which they rest. If true Stoics are to maintain their complete and active grasp of all the complicated philosophical grounds on which their way of life rests, then they must keep up their studies and their practices of discussion, if not in anything like the full-time endeavor that Socrates himself made it, or as an Aristotelian contemplative might do—but still, as a regular part of their lives.

Keywords:   Stoics, ancient philosophy, Stoicism, human life

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