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Stoicism and Creative Works

Michelangelo’s Pietà, Wikipedia

What is the Stoic attitude toward creative works, from art to music to literature? Whenever this kind of question is asked we should first and foremost remember that, in a sense, it is the wrong question to pose. “Is X Stoic?” is a misleading way to begin an inquiry, because the point of Stoicism in particular, and of virtue ethics in general, is not to provide universal answers to our questions, but rather to offer a framework so that we…

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