Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Stoicism
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A. Definition

The early modern Neostoic movement was concerned with harmonizing the philosophy of the Stoa (esp. in reference to the ancient texts by Seneca the Younger, Cicero, Epictetus and Diogenes Laertius) with Christianity in a syncretistic and eclectic way [11.34]. The aim, given a situation of religious tension felt to be a crisis, was to strengthen Christianity on the levels of individual and society by infusing it with the Stoic concept of virtue [6.2 f.]; [18.56–58]. To this end, a Stoic natural philosophy was given a Christian adaptation and a correspo…

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Bergemann, Lutz (Berlin), “Stoicism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 18 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004985>
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