Stoic News

By Dave Kelly

Monday, June 14, 2004

Socrates: Weakness of will denied

Stoicism's unitary, or monistic, psychology has its roots in Socratic ideas.

"In fact, during Hellenistic times it was the Socratic, 'unitary' psychology of action that carried the day; the Platonic-Aristotelian alternative, dominant in the 'common sense' and the philosophy of modern times, was a minority view. The issues Socrates raised about weakness of will continue to be debated today." -- John M. Cooper, "Socrates," Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


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