John Sellars: "Freedom and Indifference in Marcus Aurelius"

John Sellars (Birkbeck): "Freedom and Indifference in Marcus Aurelius". Listen to the talk here.

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In this paper I attempt to rescue Marcus Aurelius from the charge of rationalization made against the late Stoics by Isaiah Berlin, Bernard Williams, David Zimmerman, and others. Marcusís retreat into his inner citadel is not a defensive response to unwelcome external circumstances but rather a reflection of his commitment to the central claims of Stoic value theory.