Allison Piñeros Glasscock | An Impoverishment Objection: The Good of Others and Stoic Self-Sufficiency

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Please join Professor Allison Piñeros Glasscock (Georgia State University) on her paper "An Impoverishment Objection: The Good of Others and Stoic Self-Sufficiency." 

One long-standing objection to Stoicism is that its account of the good is impoverished. Glasscock argues that the impoverishment extends more widely than has been recognized and in a direction that threatens the internal coherence of Stoicism. Not only do the Stoics leave out many things that we would like to see counted among the goods; they are also in danger of excluding things that they themselves should include. My central claim is that the Stoic commitment to self-sufficiency is inconsistent with their commitment to the theses that (a) the goodness of others is genuinely good and that (b) good things should be pursued without reservation. She also shows that appreciating this tension within Stoicism helps us make sense of some otherwise puzzling philosophical moves made by ancient Stoics.  

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