Aristotle vs the Stoics: part II, ethics

Figs in Winter
10 min readApr 11, 2024

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

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

Did the Stoics come up with an innovative, powerful philosophy of life? Or did they just take Aristotle’s stuff, changed the language here and there, and called it a day? The possibility has often been raised, all the way back to Cicero’s On the Ends of Good and Evil, that Stoicism…