The Stoics, Epicureans, and Sceptics
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...philosophic statesman.4 At the same time, the line taken by the Stoic philosophy cannot be ignored. A philosophy Chap. XII. 1 Sen. De Otio, 4, 1: Duas respublicas animo complectamur, alteram magnam et vere publicam, qua Di atque homines continentur, in qua non ad hunc angulum respicimus aut ad ilium, sed terminos civitatis nostra cum sole metimur: alteram cui nos adscripsit condicio nascendi. Does it not seem like reading Augustin's De Civitate Dei 1 Some serve the great, others the small state; some serve both. Majori reipublicae et in otio deservire possumus, immo vero nescio an in otio melius. Ep. 68, 2: Cum sapienti rempublicam ipso dignam dedimus, id est mundum, non est extra rempublicam etiamsi recesserit: immo fortasse relicto uno angulo in majora atque ampliora transit, Sec. Epict. Diss. iii. 22, 83: Do you ask whether a wise man will busy himself with the state 1 What state could be greater than the one about which he Chap, which attaches moral value to the cultivation of inXII 1 tentions only, considering at the same time all external circumstances as indifferent, can hardly produce a taste or a skill for overcoming those outward interests and circumstances with which a politician is chiefly concerned. A system which regards the mass of men as fools, which denies to them every healthy endeavour and all true knowledge, can hardly bring itself unreservedly to work for a state, the course and institutions of which depend upon the majority of its members, and are planned with a view to their needs, prejudices, and customs. Undoubtedly, there were able statesmen among the Stoics of the Roman period; but Rome, and not Stoicism, was the cause of their statesmanship. Taken alone, Stoicism could form excellent men, but hardly excellent...
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