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The Renewal of GenerosityIllness, Medicine, and How to Live$
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Arthur W. Frank

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226260150

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226260259.001.0001

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The Dialogical Stoic

The Dialogical Stoic

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(p.30) Chapter Two The Dialogical Stoic
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The Renewal of Generosity
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Arthur W. Frank

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226260259.003.0003

This chapter examines Stoicism and dialogical thought, beginning with two reflections on illness and a story of care. The first is from personal experience of illness, and the second returns to Sam Crane to describe the experience of giving care. The chapter turns from the experience of illness to the experience of offering care. One of Sam Crane's stories of caring for Aidan illustrates the complementary necessity of Stoicism and dialogue. Crane expresses his communion with Aidan—the physical intimacy is tangible. He is also engaging in a form of Stoic spiritual exercise. He controls his attention to the reality outside himself, and he shapes how he understands his relation to this reality. The Dialogical Stoic may be a philosophical oxymoron, but it can be an experiential reality.

Keywords:   Stoicism, illness, care, Sam Crane, dialogue, reality, Dialogical Stoic, experiential reality

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