By Lawrence C. Becker
What might 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 question, provided from in the stoic culture yet with no the metaphysical and mental assumptions that glossy philosophy and technological know-how have deserted. Lawrence Becker argues secular model of the stoic moral undertaking, in response to modern cosmology and developmental psychology, offers the root for a classy type of moral naturalism, within which almost all of the demanding doctrines of the traditional Stoics should be essentially restated and defended.
Becker argues, based on the ancients, that advantage is something, no longer many; that it, and never happiness, is the correct finish of all job; that it on my own is nice, all different issues being in simple terms rank-ordered relative to one another for the sake of the nice; and that advantage is enough for happiness. additionally, he rejects the preferred cartoon of the stoic as a grave determine, emotionally indifferent and able in most cases of persistence, resignation, and dealing with discomfort. on the contrary, he holds that whereas stoic sages may be able to suffer the extremes of human ache, they don't have to sacrifice pleasure to have that skill, and he seeks to show our consciousness from the primary, healing a part of stoic ethical education to a reconsideration of its theoretical foundations.