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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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Stoic Pragmatism

Stoic Pragmatism

Chapter:
(p.363) Twenty-five Stoic Pragmatism
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Freedom and Limits
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Patrick Shade

John Lachs

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0027

Lachs grants that pragmatists see half of the human puzzle while Stoics see the other half. Pragmatists celebrate what we can accomplish by exercising intelligent freedom, while Stoics reminds us of the limiting conditions that precede and follow our accomplishments. Arguing that the two are not incompatible and need one another's insights, Lachs espouses a stoic pragmatism that generates a wiser pragmatism—one that knows how and when to stop pressing onward—and a more active Stoicism that does not retreat into itself. Stoic pragmatism accords with the seasons of life. Norms appropriate to the young need and often should not apply to the elderly, and vice versa.

Keywords:   Stoicism, Pragmatism, Limitation, Freedom

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