Wednesday, September 01, 2021


An Arrogant Claim

E.R. Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1951 = Sather Classical Lectures, 25), p. 240, with note on p. 257:
The Epicureans made the same arrogant claim as the Stoics, that without philosophy there can be no goodness18 — a claim which neither Aristotle nor Plato ever made.

18 Seneca, Epist. 89.8: nec philosophia sine virtute est nec sine philosophia virtus. Cf. the Epicurean Pap. Herc. 1251, col. xiii.6: φιλοσοφίας δι' ἧς μόνης ἔστιν ὀρθοπραγεῖν.

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