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The Stoic Categories as Methodological Principles

Phillip de Lacy
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association
Vol. 76 (1945), pp. 246-263
DOI: 10.2307/283338
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/283338
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

The Stoics used the four categories, substance, quality, disposition, and relative disposition, as methodological principles in all three branches of their philosophy. Moreover, in each case the third and fourth categories, disposition and relative disposition, embraced the most important questions. To the extent that the categories supply a methodological framework common to all three departments of philosophy, they constitute a unifying element. Perhaps they cannot provide an instrument for resolving all the contradictions attributed to the Stoics, but at least they give a clue to that inner unity of which the Stoics themselves boasted.

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