Monthly Archives: December 2013

On Martyrdom

Recently, a friend posted a brief description of Thomas Becket’s martyrdom on Facebook and remarked that this kind of terrible fate puts all one’s problems in perspective and lets you realize they’re not really so bad after all. I remarked … Continue reading

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This is of course why Augustine hated the Stoics. City of God, Book XIX, Chapter 4: And I am at a loss to understand how the Stoic philosophers can presume to say that these are no ills, though at the … Continue reading

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The Stoics on Suicide

According to a doxographical passage in Olympiodorus, five types of circumstances may be interpreted as a sign from god that suicide is advisable: (1) a major emergency that demands the sacrifice of one’s life for the sake of friends, kin, … Continue reading

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