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Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 14, Issue 1, Fall 2009

Anthony Kammas
Pages 19-38

Homo Deus and the Dice Throw
Courage and Chaos in Greek Antiquity

What lessons are there yet to learn from the works of Homer and Hesiod for political life? These ancient texts vividly illustrated an ethic which insisted that one must strive to maintain a consistent character against a chaotic world and one’s own inconstant human nature. This essay, therefore, recovers a long dismissed conception of the world, as well as a notion of virtue that was cultivated to steel one’s self against the tragic turns of radical, ironic chance that are always a possibility in a kosmos sprung from chaos.

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