The Sophist
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The Sophist

Chrysippus: Freedom of the Mind

The Stoic Difference Between “Need” and “Want”

In 1765 the French writer Denis Diderot acquired a new robe. His old robe — that he loved — had become a little tatty so the luxurious new robe was welcome. But the gift had unexpected consequences.

Diderot’s other possessions suddenly looked tawdry compared to his new robe. Nothing he had lived up to the…



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Steven Gambardella

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