A philosophical dispute on the terrazza

Rob (left) and Massimo (right) conversing about Stoicism while looking at the Roman Forum

by Robert S. Colter

As anyone who spends any time discussing ideas can attest, people disagree about all sorts of things, both for good reasons and bad, and in both productive and non-productive ways. This is true even in discussing Stoic philosophy. I want to use a specific case of disagreement between a couple of philosophers and Stoics in the hopes of illustrating the sort of things that…