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Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713), produced a sequence of notes encouraged by way of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius, posthumously released less than the name The Philosophical routine, and his scholarly annotations at the textual content of Epictetus have been incorporated via John Upton in his 1739 variation of Epictetus' works. it's been advised that Shaftesbury's personal philosophy, provided within the features of fellows, Manners, critiques, instances (1711), is grounded upon his curiosity in Stoicism, and that he's "the maximum Stoic of recent occasions" (Rand 1900: xii). just like the Stoics, Shaftesbury offered philosophy as a job basically enthusiastic about reworking the self, of turning into a virtuoso of advantage instead of a pedant of studying. Seneca, it's been advised, was once a big impact on Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78), and one modern commentator went as far as to indicate that Rousseau was once little greater than a plagiarist of Seneca (Roche 1974: ix). Rousseau shared in universal with the Stoics the idea that advantage might boost clearly in those who have been left: to their very own units; it's the undesirable effect of a corrupt society that interrupts this traditional development. Diderot, whom now we have already met, was once additionally occupied with Seneca, writing a major examine of him less than the name Essai sur les Règnes de Claude et de Néron (1778), during which he tried to shield Seneca opposed to fresh critics. specifically he was once involved to rebut the costs of hypocrisy and greed, fees that Diderot himself had levelled opposed to Seneca in an previous paintings. instead of see Seneca's involvement on the courtroom of Nero as a compromise of his Stoic ideas, the mature Diderot recommended that we must always in its place see it as a heroic try to do one's responsibility in very unlikely conditions. Seneca's failings have been human failings, and it might be incorrect to pass judgement on Seneca opposed to the benchmark of the Stoic sage whilst he had by no means claimed to be one. the ongoing notoriety of Seneca in eighteenth-century France is additional illustrated within the paintings of the pro-Epicurean thinker Julien Offray De los angeles Mettrie (1709-51) and particularly in his polemic Anti-Senèque (1750). by means of this time, the fashionable sketch of the Stoic as "sad, strict, and unyielding" were firmly tested: we will be Anti-Stoics! these philosophers are unhappy, strict, and unyielding; we will be joyful, sweet-natured, and lavish. they're all soul and forget about their our bodies; we will be all physique and forget about our souls. they seem impervious to excitement or discomfort; we will glory in feeling either. (La Mettrie 1996: 119) a twin of the stern and unyielding thinker who's all soul and no physique may well think of a German thinker writing quite a few a long time later: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), regardless of the anti-Stoic polemics between German students akin to Buddeus and Brucker, Stoicism endured to exert its impact on German philosophy In Kant's case this was once essentially through the works of Cicero. specifically Kant drew on Cicero's On tasks for his personal Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (1785), within which he the Stoics in arguing between different issues that externals have a hundred and ten inherent worth, simply the interior will has ethical worth and happiness will depend on this inner will.