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1: God is a pneuma noeron . . . metaballon de eis Iw bouletai, Diels, Dox. Graec. , 292. notice that for the Stoics (certainly no less than for the center and overdue Stoa) God isn't really an impersonal strength, yet "a dwelling being, rational, excellent or clever in happiness, admitting not anything evil into bim, taking providential care of the area, altbougb be isn't of buman sbape," D. L. 7. 147; d. Epictetus three. thirteen. 7; Seneca Ep. ninety two. 27. See A. -J. Voelke, L'Idee de Volonte dans Ie Stoicisme (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1973), 105-12; Plutarch Stoic. Repug. 1051F. the 1st of Plato's canons of theology (typoi peri theologias) is that God is sweet, and the great is beneficent (Republic II 379AC). in response to Musonius Rufu i 17, LulZ, God is euergetikos and philanthropos. Cf. Plutarcb Stoic. Repug. 1051E, the place it truly is acknowledged tbat Chrysippus bases his assault aga inst Epicurus upon our conceptions of the gods as beneficent and bumane (euergetikous /wi philanthropous). De Ira 7. 31. four; cf. 2. 27. 1. There seems no facts ahead of Seneca tbat the Stoics attributed benevolence to God. See Plato, Timaeus 30B; Cicero, De Natura Deorum 2. 36. Cf. Spec. 2. 54-55; Cher. 85-86. For tbe distinction among God's excellent chara and the imperfect fonn loved by means of guy, cf. Hippodamas, ap. Stob. four. 39. 26, pointed out by way of E. R. Goodenough, via gentle, mild (New PHILO'S belief OF THE DIVINE NATURE 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 37 Haven, 1935; repro Amsterdam: Philo Press, 1969), 141, n. 106; Aristotle, NicomaciuJean Ethics X 1178b25: "The gods take pleasure in a existence blessed in its entirety; males get pleasure from it to the level that they reach whatever comparable to the divine activity"; cf. Seneca, Ep. 102. 27. Ep. fifty nine. sixteen, 18; cf. 50. eight; Vita Beata forty four; Const. nine. three. And cf. Epictetus three. five. sixteen: "Always to put on an analogous expression on one's face, no matter if one is popping out or going in"; 1. 26. 31: "That is why Socrates continuously wore an identical expression on his face"; Cicero, Tusc. three. 31; Seneca, De Ira 2. 7. 1. With Philo Det. 137, cf. Seneca Ep. 23. 2-3. See Adolf BonhOffer, Epictet und die Stoa (Stuttgart: Friedrich Fromann Verlag, 1890), 297-98. yet Plato denied that the gods suppose both pleasure or its contrary (Philebus 33B; Ep. three. 315C; yet cf. Timaeus 37C). D. L. 7. 127-28, the place in basic terms drunkenness and depression are mentioned-but Simplicius, In Cat. , 401, 35, 402, 25 ff. , Kalbfleisch (SVF 33. 238), naming no specific Stoic instructor, provides the opposite stipulations. these types of states, as Rist (Stoic Philosophy, 16-17) has mentioned, have been seemed by way of the ancients as actual problems. The clever man's activities less than their impression may well good be irrational. Epictetus refers to a few of those states yet turns out to go away the problem open, suggesting simply that one that may conquer such states may well certainly be considered as an invincible athlete (1. 18. 23; 2. 17. 33). in accordance with a document in Stobaeus 2. sixty eight. 24 (SVF three. 103), no longer ouly is pleasure now not unavoidably non-stop, yet neither does each clever guy get pleasure from it it's tough, despite the fact that, to make feel of this document. Cf. Aristotle's Unmoved Mover, Nicomachaean Ethics VII 1154b 25; Metaphysics VII lO72b sixteen.