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april 10 - 2 “Meant to do that!” Is it possible that...

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For Tuesday, April 15. Read J.S. Mill, On Liberty , chapters 1-3 (“Of Individuality”). Note: I will not hesitate to quiz you on Mill, even though your paper is due the same day. Paper #2-due April 15 th . 1. Is Stoicism necessarily a socially conservative teaching? Could you be a stoic in your private life, and socially radical in your public life? A. After all, you must accept your own mortality. You must also accept that someone may not love you back, that someone you love may die, that you may face a crippling illness. But you don’t have to accept, at least not without protest, that American troops are in Iraq (or whatever seems socially unjust to you). B. Why would one want to combine personal Stoicism with social activism? Maybe because it’s the most realistic view.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. “Meant to do that!” Is it possible that Stoicism isn’t so much about accepting the will of god (the divine order of things), but trying to take the perspective of the divine orderer, and so become like a god? A. To be like a god and “identification with the aggressor” 3. Friedrich Nietzsche and “amor fati” versus Thedor Adorno’s comment that amor fati is “ignominious adoption to one’s prison.” A. “Stockholm syndrome” 4. Becoming one’s own jailer. “In a single phrase (the stoic man or woman) is on guard against himself as an enemy lying in wait.” (chapter 48) Is this a good way to live? 5. “The Rebirth of Stoicism,” from the web by William Stephens. Discusses the role of stoicism in Tom Wolfe’s novel, A Man in Full ....
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