The Problem with Stoicism

I am a fan of Stoicism. It is one of the four wisdom traditions that inspire me, but it has a few flaws. I mention only one here.

Stoic morality is based on virtue ethics. Its four virtues are wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation. Do you see something missing?

Stoicism is a philosophy without love. Even when you look at the subdivisions you will not find love. The closest you get is under justice you find equity and fair dealing.

I believe we should add three more virtues to these original four. I think that love, compassion, and mindfulness should be included. That would make seven virtues.

Just think about it for a minute. Love, compassion, and mindfulness were not considered important virtues to Stoicism.

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Jay Forrest

Jay N. Forrest is a philosopher and IT professional. He is an ordained Humanist minister, a Certified Meditation Teacher, and a decade-long Linux user.