12 Reasons Why Jordan B. Peterson is not a Stoic
1. He believes the universe is balanced between chaos and order. Stoics believed in an orderly universe.
2. He doesn’t believe that reason is what makes humans significant or important. The Stoics believed that reason was the most important human faculty. Instead, JB Peterson believes creativity is the most important.
3. He believes there are strong differences between men and women. Stoics believed that women and men were more or the less the same due to sharing reason as their faculty.
4. He makes a false dichotomy between equal opportunity and equal outcomes. The Stoics believed in some form of wealth redistribution or even radical material equality like in Zeno’s Republic.
5. JB Peterson is radically individualist. The Stoics were moderately collectivist.
6. Peterson believes responsibility is the answer to nihilism. The Stoics believe virtue is the answer to nihilism.
7. Peterson believes in a collective unconsciousness of archetypes. The Stoics believed in a material universe full of Logos.
8. Peterson is a Judeo-Christian in orientation. The Stoics were Greco-Roman in orientation.
9. Peterson is more Aristotelian than Stoic. Peterson believes you need certain externals to live a fruitful life.
10. Peterson believes in libertarian free will. The Stoics are compatibilist.
11. Peterson uses anger as a way to create change. The Stoics don’t believe in using anger.
12. Peterson’s concept of the Logos is Christian. Logos is Christ. The Stoics use the old Heraclitian concept of the Logos.