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Hierocles (2nd century AD)

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-A058-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A058-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved October 05, 2022, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/hierocles-2nd-century-ad/v-1

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The Stoic philosopher Hierocles lectured and wrote on ethics. He is important for his defence of the theory of oikeiōsis (affiliation), a form of self-perception and self-love which becomes the foundation for human commitment to rationality and virtue. Observation of animal and human behaviour, he argues, shows that oikeiōsis is innate, rather than learned.

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Inwood, Brad. Hierocles (2nd century AD), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A058-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/hierocles-2nd-century-ad/v-1.
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