It is commonly held that, due to the assumed fatalism of Stoicism and its emphasis on ‘apatheia’ (resignation), the Stoics were socially and politically conservative. This paper argues that, in principle at least, they were politically radical and in a manner that profoundly shaped the way we think about others and how they ought to be treated. Whereas many of the political ideas we associate with liberal modernity are thought to originate in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this paper will argue that much of the thinking of this period can be traced to antiquity, specifically to the teaching of the Stoics.
Friday, 2 June 2017
4:00 – 5:00 pm
The University of Adelaide
Department of Politics and International Studies
Stretton Room, Level 4 Napier Building
All welcome: No registration required