Title

Stoicism and Psychodeterminism: Why Epictetus Can't Have His Cake and Eat it Too

Date

6-1-2017 1:30 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 2:00 PM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy, Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ryan Hickerson

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Epictetus was amongst the Stoic Greek philosophers, believing that there are some events that are up to us, (body, reputation), and some that are not, (politics, aging). For us to live life both unharmed and content, we should abide by this notion to stop trying to change the unchangeable. This results in a contradictory argument of both determinism and free will. While acknowledging the few strengths of the stoic ideals, I will argue that it cannot be the case that everything we do is predetermined.

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Jun 1st, 1:30 PM Jun 1st, 2:00 PM

Stoicism and Psychodeterminism: Why Epictetus Can't Have His Cake and Eat it Too

WUC Calapooia Room

Epictetus was amongst the Stoic Greek philosophers, believing that there are some events that are up to us, (body, reputation), and some that are not, (politics, aging). For us to live life both unharmed and content, we should abide by this notion to stop trying to change the unchangeable. This results in a contradictory argument of both determinism and free will. While acknowledging the few strengths of the stoic ideals, I will argue that it cannot be the case that everything we do is predetermined.