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On Christopher Gill On "Particulars, Selves And Individuals In Stoic Philosophy"

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In his stimulating paper, Christopher Gill explicitly asks us to consider three main questions in connection with two passages (Origen, Against Celsus 7.51 and Cicero, On Duties 1.107-121): (1) Are the two passages, one based on Chrysippus and the other on Panaetius, concerned with moral particularism? (2) Are the two passages concerned with the relation between moral particularism and moral universalism? (3) Is it, in fact, anachronistic to go searching for such things in the texts? To consider these questions, we first need a better understanding of what 'moral particularism' and 'moral universalism' might mean, and for this it will be helpful to give a brief and rough sketch of one popular version of the history of Western ethical thought since the late eighteenth century, a version based on the framework of universalism and particularism.

Keywords: Christopher Gill; Cicero; Origen; Stoic Philosophy



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