What Do the Stoics Mean by “Live According to Nature”?

Douglas C. Bates
8 min readApr 26, 2023

Chrysippus, Zeno, and Epictetus on what it means to live according to nature

What does it mean to “live according to nature”?

One of the more perplexing ideas handed down from the ancient Stoics is the motto, “live according to nature.” It’s a nice-sounding motto, but it is less than obvious what it really means.

Perhaps the ancient Stoics provided thorough explanations about what “live…

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Douglas C. Bates

Ancient Greek philosophies of life. http://www.pyrrhonism.org Author of “Pyrrho’s Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism.”