Res Publica

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 149–168 | Cite as

Stoic Tolerance

  • Andrew Fiala


This article considers the virtue of tolerance as it is found in Epictetus and MarcusAurelius. It defines the virtue of tolerance and links it to the Stoic idea of proper control of the passions in pursuit of both self-sufficiency and justice. It argues that Stoic tolerance is neither complete in difference nor a species of relativism. Finally, it discusses connections between the moral virtue of Stoic tolerance and the idea of political toleration found in modern liberalism.

Epictetus liberalism Marcus Aurelius Stoicism tolerance virtue 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Fiala
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  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Humanistic StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin – Green BayGreen BayUSA

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