How Might a Stoic Eat in Accordance with Nature and “Environmental Facts”?

Kai Whiting, William O. Stephens, Edward Simpson, Leonidas Konstantakos

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This paper explores how to deliberate about food choices from a Stoic perspective informed by the value of environmental sustainability. This perspective is reconstructed from both ancient and contemporary sources of Stoic philosophy. An account of what the Stoic goal of “living in agreement with Nature” would amount to in dietary practice is presented. Given ecological facts about food production, an argument is made that Stoic virtue made manifest as wisdom, justice, courage, and temperance compel Stoic practitioners to select locally sourced, low resource input, plant-based foods whenever circumstances allow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-389
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
Issue number3-6
StatePublished - Dec 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • History
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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