Benjamin Studebaker

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Tag: Platonism

Plato as a Theorist of Legitimacy

I have a new journal article out on Plato. It’s really humbling to have my reading of the Republic and the Phaedrus accepted as part of the Platonic tradition. If you have institutional access, you can read it here:

If you don’t have institutional access and you want to read it, you’re very welcome to email me about this at

Against the Stoics, Skeptics, Epicureans, and Buddhists

This is going to be an odd post about Greek philosophy and the contemporary analogues of Greek traditions. Its purpose is threefold. First, I’ll argue that the Stoics, Skeptics, and Epicureans had similar conceptions of the good life, that this conception closely resembles the conception preferred by Buddhists, and that this conception of the good life is mistaken. Second, I’ll argue that the Stoics and Skeptics both make similar–if opposite–errors with respect to meta-ethics, with the Stoics asserting an unrealistically ambitious epistemology and the Skeptics denying that epistemology without acknowledging less ambitious alternatives. Third, I’ll argue that many contemporary political and moral antagonisms are essentially new versions of the Stoic/Skeptic antagonism, and that there is a popular Epicurean response to this antagonism.

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