Il sapiente stoico può esistere? - Michele Alessandrelli - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Filosofia Neo-Scolastica Vita e Pensiero

Il sapiente stoico può esistere?

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title Il sapiente stoico può esistere?
The Stoic Wise Can Exist?
Publisher Vita e Pensiero
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online since 05-2022
doi 10.26350/001050_000321
issn 0035-6247 (print) | 1827-7926 (digital)
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I will examine the status of the possibility of wisdom in Stoicism. In Stoic sources the possibility of wisdom seems to be presented in three ways. Of all these perspectives, the most interesting one seems to be the third. It seems to have been influenced by Stoic cosmology, rationalist and optimistic. Within this third perspective it is perhaps possible to trace the  following development: a starting point represented by the distinction, attributed to Zeno, between two types of insipiens. This distinction was then formalized (probably by Chrysippus) through the distinction between the claim «Nemo est sapiens» and the claim «Nemo potest esse sapiens». A further step forward was taken with Diogenes of Babylon,  according to whom it was not enough to state that some can really become wise: the possibility of wisdom, to be truly such, must have already been realized at least once (for the  Principle of Plenitude).


Zeno, Chrysippus, Diogenes of Babylon, Principle of Plenitude, Wisdom

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