Stoic ethics and totality in light of Levinasian alterity

Julie Piering

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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
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780253351807
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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