Stoic “Virtue” Is Delusional

Douglas C. Bates
5 min readApr 10, 2022

Don’t Let It Ruin Your Happiness

Brutus engaging in the supposedly virtuous act of murdering Julius Caesar

Even those who know very little ancient Roman history likely know the final words that Shakespeare put into the mouth of Julius Caesar — “et tu, Brute” — “you too, Brutus?” — which he said upon discovering that a man he thought was a friend was part of a conspiracy to kill him.

Douglas C. Bates

Ancient Greek philosophies of life. Author of “Pyrrho’s Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism.”