Moderation: Why and How It is a Stoic Virtue

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One of the ancient criticisms of the Stoics is that they are die-hards, ethical extremists. Think of Helvidius Priscus accepting death rather than concede to Vespasian, an act Epictetus celebrates in the opening chapter of Discourses I.

Then there is the Stoic claim that emotions like anger or fear shouldn’t be moderated, they should be extirpated. Aren’t these the clearest signs…

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