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    Stoics against stoics in Cudworth's "A Treatise of Freewill"

    Sellars, John (2012) Stoics against stoics in Cudworth's "A Treatise of Freewill". British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (5), pp. 935-952. ISSN 0960-8788.

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    In his 'A Treatise of Freewill', Ralph Cudworth argues against Stoic determinism by drawing on what he takes to be other concepts found in Stoicism, notably the claim that some things are ‘up to us’ and that these things are the product of our choice. These concepts are central to the late Stoic Epictetus and it appears at first glance as if Cudworth is opposing late Stoic voluntarism against early Stoic determinism. This paper argues that in fact, despite his claim to be drawing on Stoic doctrine, Cudworth uses these terms with a meaning first articulated only later, by the Peripatetic commentator Alexander of Aphrodisias.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Ralph Cudworth, stoicism, freewill, Epictetus, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Cambridge Platonism, determinism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: John Sellars
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 08:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07

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