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Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy

Susanne Bobzien


This book is a comprehensive study of the Stoic theory of causal and teleological determinism. It identifies the main problems the Stoics addressed, reconstructs the theory, and explores how they squared their determinism with their conceptions of possibility, action, freedom, and moral responsibility, and how they defended it against objections and criticism by other philosophers. It shows how the Stoics distinguished their causal determinism from ancient theories of logical determinism, fatalism, and necessitarianism, and shows that they developed a compatibilist theory with a rationalist co ... More

Keywords: causal determinism, character, Chrysippus, compatibilism, determinism, fatalism, freedom, history of philosophy, moral responsibility, Stoicism, teleological determinism, logical determinism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199247676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanne Bobzien, author
Professor of Philosophy, Yale University
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