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Hierocles (2nd century AD)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A058-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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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.

Citing this article:
Inwood, Brad. Hierocles (2nd century AD), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A058-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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