On the Separability and Inseparability of the Stoic Principles

Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (2):187-214 (2018)
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Abstract

Sources for Stoicism present conflicting accounts of the Stoic principles. Some suggest that the principles are inseparable from each other. Others suggest that they are separable. To resolve this apparent interpretive dilemma, I distinguish between the functions of the principles and the bodies that realize those functions. Although the principles cannot separate when realizing their roles, the Stoic theory of blending entails that the bodies that realize those roles are physically separable. I present a strategy for further work on the principles in light of this interpretation.

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Ian Hensley
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