Note on Ancient Greek Philosophy

Oldschool Greek philosophy was practical. The Stoics, Cynics, etc didn’t just put out big theories on metaphysics (which they did quite well, at least the Stoics), they developed actual, practical ways to live the good life, ethical life, whatever you want to call it. Stoic philosophy was pretty much about living as well as you could, and it was an actual ideal that actual people actually (at the very least) attempted to live by. One thinks of Roman Stoicism – somewhat different than Greek, but still, the point remains. No doubt society is shaped by deep metaphysical issues, even if its unconscious. That’s the thing, though. The ancients consciously (for the most part) really adopted various ethical philosophies. The same can’t be said for most of modern society. Or perhaps I’m just being overly romantic.

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