Aristotle vs the Stoics: part I, metaphysics and logic

Figs in Winter
6 min readApr 9, 2024

Were the Stoics just copying Aristotle? Spoiler alert: not really.

Zeno of Citium (left) and Aristotle (right).

[Cato] “I admit that some parts [of Stoic teachings] are obscure, yet the Stoics do not affect an obscure style on purpose; the obscurity is inherent in the doctrines themselves.”

[Cicero] “How is it, then, that when the same doctrines