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The Morality of Happiness$
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Julia Annas

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195096525.001.0001

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Theophrastus and the Stoics: Forcing the Issue

Theophrastus and the Stoics: Forcing the Issue

(p.385) 19 Theophrastus and the Stoics: Forcing the Issue
The Morality of Happiness

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Aristotle's pupil Theophrastus sharpened the claim that happiness requires external goods as well as virtue, a claim prominently denied by the Stoics. Their position that virtue is sufficient for happiness requires revision of the content of happiness and adjustment of our attitudes to premature death and many other matters. The strain put on our concept of happiness is, however, greatly alleviated by the Stoic theory of preferred indifferents, which allows things other than virtue to have value of a different kind, as the material on which virtuous activity is exercised.

Keywords:   happiness, preferred indifferents, Stoics, Theophrastus, value, virtue

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