08.Stoicism - What can we learn about character from a man...

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Unformatted text preview: What can we learn about character from a man who was a Prisoner of War for 7 years? VADM James Stockdale “Remember that you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the Author chooses…. act well the given part….” – The Enchiridion, XVII Week 8: Stoicism and Stockdale Moral Awareness (Observe) Moral Analysis (Orient) Moral Reasoning (Decide) Moral Courage (Act) • Motives to do the act • Consequences of the act • Character of the actor The Enchiridion (“A Handbook”) – Epictetus • “ Good life ” Æ conform w/ rational order of universe; flourishing • Stoic goals ( arete , moral excellence) ¾ Inner serenity ¾ Indifference (detachment) ¾ Self-control ¾ Duty (“service to your fellows”) Within Your Control (Soul) Aims Attitudes Emotions Not Within Your Control Body Possessions Reputation versus Strive to align w/ reason Discipline for indifference “What Stoics say is, ‘Work with what you have control of and you’ll have your hands full.’” – VADM James Stockdale “The Dummy’s Guide to The Enchiridion”...
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2009 for the course ETHICS NE203 taught by Professor Cmdrdoxey during the Spring '09 term at Naval Academy.

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08.Stoicism - What can we learn about character from a man...

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