Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy

Paperback | November 1, 2001

bySusanne Bobzien

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Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy is the first comprehensive study of one of the most important intellectual legacies of the ancient Greek world: the Stoic theory of causal determinism. The book identifies the main problems that the Stoics addressed and reconstructs the theory, andexplores how they squared their determinism with their conceptions of possibility, action, freedom, and moral responsibility, and how they defended it against objections and criticism by other philosophers. It shows how the Stoics distinguished their causal determinism from ancient theories oflogical determinism, fatalism, and necessitarianism. Along the way an authoritative account is given of many other related aspects of Stoic thought, including their views on the predictability of the future, the role of empirical sciences, the determination of character, and moral freedom. Bobzien'sstudy of these central doctrines of Stoicism reveals the considerable philosphical richness and power that they retain today.

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Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy is the first comprehensive study of one of the most important intellectual legacies of the ancient Greek world: the Stoic theory of causal determinism. The book identifies the main problems that the Stoics addressed and reconstructs the theory, andexplores how they squared their determinism w...

Susanne Bobzien is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at The Queen's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:454 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Determinism and Fate2. Two Chrysippean Arguments for Causal Determinism3. Modality, Determinism, and Freedom4. Divination, Modality,and Universal Regularity5. Fate, Action, and Motivation: The Idle Argument6. Determinism and Moral Responsibility: Chrysippus's Compatibilism7. Freedom and that which Depends on us: Epictetus and Early Stoics8. A Later Stoic Theory of CompatibilismBibliography; Indexes

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`This is an awe-inspiring work...It is extraordinarily ambitious. It aims to recover and understand, so far as the sources allow, the entire early Stoic theory of fate, causal determinism, and responsibility. It achieves this ambition while at the same time showing how immensely more difficultthe task is that anyone had appreciated before...It will most certainly be the first work that everybody interested has to get to grips with. They will have to start here both because the book is a model of scholarly method and because it is an outstanding example of lucid philosophical thinking inan area where clear thought is extremely difficult.'Myles Burnyeat, All Souls College, Oxford