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Single Idea 6013

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / b. Living naturally]

Full Idea

Panaetius reformulated the Stoic goal as living in accordance with the starting-points given to us by nature.

Gist of Idea

Panaetius said we should live according to our natural starting-points


report of Panaetius (fragments/reports [c.145 BCE]) by Elizabeth Asmis - Panaetius

Book Reference

'Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy', ed/tr. Zeyl,Donald J. [Fitzroy Dearborn 1997], p.362

A Reaction

This sounds remarkably like the substitution of meritocratic equality of opportunity for communistic actual equality. In other words, it doesn't sound very Stoic. 'Live according to nature' implies more restraint than this ambitious version.