Reflection On Hedonism

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Post-Reading Reflections Chapter 7: 1. Explain the role hedonistic thinking played in the origins of Stoicism Stoicism is a refutation of hedonism. This is the belief that happiness is determined by means of pleasure and pain. The pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain are universal and most people equate happiness and short term, immediate pleasures. Cyrenaic hedonism, embraces common sense view while Epicurean hedonism does not. 2. How did Cynicism influence Stoicism? Be specific. The Cynics believed that the very essence of civilization is corrupt, and so lived austere, unconventional lives. They distrusted luxury as a “hook” that always brought complications and frustration in to people’s lives. Happiness could only come from self-discipline…show more content…
Believing everything that occurs is connected to everything else, it is all connected to the Logos. The Stoics believed that the actual course of our lives is directed by the Logos. Which they thought of as World Reason, Cosmic Mind, God, and Providences, or fate. 4. Identify and discuss possible problems with the Stoic notion of fate? Stoics learned that our lives are not entirely our own. The complain about what they could not control. The Stoics chose to master what they could – their own minds. They also believed that serenity comes to those whose will is in according with the World reason, the Logos. This type of thinking leads to reduction of frustration and anxiety. 5. What is the disinterested rational will, and why is it important to Stoic doctrine? Disinterested rational Will is a matter of having no personal attachments or motives. It is important to Stoics, because to them wisdom consists in thinking of things that happen to you as you would any other even in the World as a necessary part of the world. Chapter 8: 1. Compare & contrast the classical worldview with the
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