Stoic ethics and totality in light of Levinasian alterity

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Abstract

Bringing together Stoicism and Levinas seems, at first, a peculiar task. A brief survey of their philosophical commitments reveals undeniable disparities. Stoicism introduces a sweeping metaphysical framework that views each individual from the perspective of an ordered kosmos. Levinas provides a departure from traditional Western thought by opposing the privileging of ontology and Being over individual human beings. Stoic virtue is achieved through constructing a self able to accomplish moral indifference, apatheia, toward everything external.1

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLevinas and the Ancients
PublisherIndiana University Press
Pages144-164
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780253351807
StatePublished - 2008

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Stoics
Emmanuel Levinas
Totality
Stoicism
Alterity
Metaphysical
Human Being
Ontology
Western Thought
Indifference
Departure

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Piering, J. A. (2008). Stoic ethics and totality in light of Levinasian alterity. In Levinas and the Ancients (pp. 144-164). Indiana University Press.

Stoic ethics and totality in light of Levinasian alterity. / Piering, Julie A.

Levinas and the Ancients. Indiana University Press, 2008. p. 144-164.

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Piering, JA 2008, Stoic ethics and totality in light of Levinasian alterity. in Levinas and the Ancients. Indiana University Press, pp. 144-164.
Piering JA. Stoic ethics and totality in light of Levinasian alterity. In Levinas and the Ancients. Indiana University Press. 2008. p. 144-164
Piering, Julie A. / Stoic ethics and totality in light of Levinasian alterity. Levinas and the Ancients. Indiana University Press, 2008. pp. 144-164
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