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How might one counter this criticism of Stoicism by Bertrand Russell?

Reading about Stoicism, I have encountered a criticism to which I cannot form a strong counter-argument. Did anyone or can anyone provide a rebuttal to the following argument against Stoicism? ...
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Do experiences need to be “real” to be worthwhile or desireable?

This is an offshoot of another discussion: Can "expected future happiness" be quantified, or at least ranked among alternative futures?, where both respondents brought up the concept of the ...
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Can “expected future happiness” be quantified, or at least ranked among alternative futures?

Question prompted by Sam Harris' "The Moral Landscape", where he argues that "well being" can serve as an objective measure for ethics. If we define "well-being" as the expected value of future ...
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What is your definition of happiness? [closed]

My primary question is your personal definition of happiness. What I have understood so far is there is some feeling which I have felt which makes me feel happy. This happens in different occasions, ...
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Are people happier now than 100 years ago? 1000 years ago? 10000 years ago? [closed]

I don't know if this goes under philosophy, but I made an account here because I got really curious about this. I feel like the more materialistic society gets, we get less and less happy, but I am ...
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Moral Duty and Happiness: Are Both Achievable?

I have studied a little Philosophy and done a lot of thinking about moral duty, individualism and communities. I have come to the belief that it is one person's duty to assist the community event at ...
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How is knowing that I am going to die influencing my life?

Does the fact that I know I am going to die make me superior in a sense to all the other living creatures that have no understanding of this event? Is the fact that I know that one day I am going to ...
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Does happiness motivate every action?

Pascal wrote: All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the ...