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The controversy about metriopatheia and apatheia, which generated such heat in later Greek philosophy, is one between the concept of a bipartite or tripartite soul, in which the lower part of parts can never be eradicated - at least while the soul is in the body - but must constantly be chastised. In practice, Stoic eupatheia in practice is very similar to a properly moderated Platonic-Aristotelian pathos, but that is irrelevant to the main point. We find in Plutarch and other Platonists of the period a remarkable unwillingness or inability to comprehend what the Stoic position was.


John M. Dillon presented "Metriopatheia and Apatheia" at the meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy with the American Philological Association in Vancouver 1978. It was subsequently published in J. Anton & A. Preus, eds., Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy vol. 2, State University of New York Press 1983, 508-517.

For information about the author see Wikipedia "John M. Dillon."