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The Stoic Theory of Beauty

Aiste Celkyte


The monograph aims to show that the Stoa, an ancient Greek philosophical school, made a substantial line of enquiry into the nature of aesthetic properties, and thus there are good reasons to analyse and discuss the sub-field of the Stoic thought that could be called ‘Stoic aesthetics.’ This study of Stoic views on beauty begins with the question of indifferents and the challenge it poses for aesthetics. The controversial Stoic theory of values states that ‘beauty’ is one of the so-called indifferents, that is, the things that do not contribute to human happiness and therefore ought not to be ... More

Keywords: Stoicism, Beauty, Aesthetics, ancient philosophy, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474461610
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aiste Celkyte, author
Utrecht University