The Stoic Idea of the City by Malcolm Schofield

By Malcolm Schofield

The Stoic thought of town bargains the 1st systematic research of the Stoic university, targeting Zeno's Republic. popular classical student Malcolm Schofield brings jointly scattered and underused textual facts, interpreting the Stoic beliefs that initiated the typical legislation culture of Western political concept. a brand new foreword by means of Martha Nussbaum and a brand new epilogue written by way of the writer extra safe this article because the common paintings at the Stoics."The account emerges from a jigsaw-puzzle of things from quite a lot of specialists, painstakingly pieced jointly after which annotated in a chain of appendixes, the complete completed with nice scholarship, readability, and reliable humor."—Times Literary complement

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93). The sign, in Heraclitus' case, is the very form of his discourse, the nature of the logos which he has composed as an expression of his own view of wisdom, in contrast to that piling up of erudition which he despises as poly mat hie, 'the learning of many things', in the work of his predecessors. It is precisely in the use of such words as antamoibe 'requital' and tropai 'turnings', 'reversals', as in the description of elemental change as a cycle of 'birth' and 'death' with the soul (psyche) placed both at the beginning and at the end of the cycle The doctrine 21 (CII, D.

The resolution of these antinomies, concerning what is 'whole and not whole' (CXXIV, D. 10), what is both mortal and everliving, must await the fuller commentary. The point of importance here is that the choice of fire as a substitute for air can scarcely have been motivated by the desire for a more adequate physical theory: nothing is literally derived from fire in the way that winds, clouds, and water may be derived from air. Heraclitus' aim is not to improve the Milesian cosmology by altering a particular doctrine but to reinterpret its total meaning by a radical shift in perspective.

Aestas autem ecpyrosis, quod est mundi incendium. nam his alternis temporibus mundus turn ignescere turn exaquescere videtur. hunc Aristarchus putavit esse annorum vertentium IICCCCLXXXIIII, . . ] ] XLIIIB XLIIIB (D. A5) Simplicius, in Physicorum 23, 38 [[Trotet 5e (sc. ] ] XLIV XLIV (D. 9 4 , M. 52) Plutarch, De Exilio 604A "HAto? ] ] XLIIIA [[There is a Great Year, whose winter is a great flood and whose summer is a world conflagration. In these alternating periods the world is now going up in flames, now turning to water.

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