The Stoics on Bodies and Incorporeals

Review of Metaphysics 54 (4):723 - 752 (2001)
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The Stoics incorporeals are "somethings" which, albeit nonexistent strictly, are subsistent. For the Stoics things truly existent are bodies. So, the question is: what role do incorporeals play in Stoic ontology? The author endeavors to demonstrate that the interpretation that incorporeals are secondary realities (bodies being the primary ones) is not consistent with Stoic philosophy as a whole. At this point the argument is that bodies and incorporeals serve to complement each other in the sense that one cannot exist without the other. Thus, between them there seems to be a reciprocal dependence



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Marcelo Boeri
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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