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Stoicism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    stoicism n
  1. an indifference to pleasure or pain [syn: stolidity, stolidness]
  2. (philosophy) the philosophical system of the Stoics following the teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno
Stoicism Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Stoicism \Sto"i*cism\, n. [Cf. F. sto["i]cisme.]
  1. The opinions and maxims of the Stoics.
  2. A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness.
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Stoicism (Greek Στοά) was a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC. The Stoics considered destructive emotions to be the result of errors in judgment, and that a sage, or person of "moral and intellectual perfection," would not suffer such emotions.

Stoic doctrine was a popular and durable philosophy, with a following throughout Greece and the Roman Empire, from its founding until the closing of all philosophy schools in 529 AD by order of the Emperor Justinian I, who perceived their pagan character to be at odds with the Christian faith.

The Stoics provided a unified account of the world, consisting of formal logic, non-dualistic physics and naturalistic ethics. Of these, they emphasized ethics as the main focus of human knowledge, though their logical theories were to be of more interest for many later philosophers.

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  • Volunteers find scenes of hope, despair at S. Korea ferry site
    Hundreds of bereaved parents, relatives, and friends mingle with volunteers here in a display of agony and heartbreak, shame and disbelief, over the sinking of a ferry on a holiday cruise packed with high school students on a school excursion.  An atmosphere of stoicism and quiet calm pervades the floor of the spacious gymnasium in this pleasant seaside communi Read more on this news related to 'Stoicism'
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    Men are hemmed in by narratives telling them that stoicism is manly. This isn't what I want for my son I am the mother of a boy child, as my Nigerian family would say. Having a boy means not having to worry about what to do with a girl. Here in the UK I have lost count of the number of times I have heard people assert that boys are good because they are emotio Read more on this news related to 'Stoicism'
  • Roger Michell on Peter O'Toole: 'That great ferocious rage'
    The director of Venus, which won O'Toole his last Oscar nomination, recalls the actor's stoicism and humour while shooting the 2006 film's final scenes – after a hip replacement During the filming of Venus over the Christmas break, Peter O'Toole fell and broke a hip. When he came back to us a heroic three weeks later, hip replaced, he needed ever Read more on this news related to 'Stoicism'

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