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By Dave Kelly

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Stoicism's monistic psychology

"I would add to a list of things that cannot be altered without it
ceasing to be Stoic Stoicism's unique and fundamental monistic
psychology. The Stoics rejected Plato's tripartite soul wherein the
self is divided into rational, appetitive, and competitive faculties.
They theorized a unitary rational commanding-faculty.

We are responsible for the state of our reason and, thus, for our
passions (L&S pg. 65). Stoicism's monistic psychology is absolutely necessary as a basis for the Stoic theories of passion and moral responsibility (L&S pp. 421-23)" (Stoics).


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