The following work explores two interrelated ideas of Stoic ethics. The first of these is oikeiôsis, a process of identifying with alterity that enables human identity to become more inclusive and expansive. Oikeiôsis is outwardly directed, bringing ever more complexity to identity by engaging with difference in the world. The second principle is homologia, the goal of establishing a harmonious life. Homologia is inwardly directed, ensuring the coherency and internal consistency of human experience. The two principles express polar aspects of identity, one centrifugal, the other centripetal. I seek to demonstrate that these are mutually supporting directions of moral development that, taken together, offer helpful resolutions to fundamental questions about ethical relationships: Why do (or should) people experience a moral commitment to others? How are commitments to others best balanced with responsibilities to oneself? Does a person have an equal moral obligation to all others, or is it morally legitimate to preference close friends and family?
|Commitee:||Edelglass, William, Sherman, Jacob|
|School:||California Institute of Integral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Identity, Oikeiosis, Postmodernism, Stoicism|
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