Overcoming victimhood: Stoicism, anti-stoicism and Le Fils

Damian Cox*

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Abstract

In this chapter I use a film by the Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Le Fils (2002), to explore the difference between Stoic and Anti-Stoic approaches to overcoming victimhood. The Stoic approach to overcoming victimhood emphasizes the inner-strength and resourcefulness of victims. It sets up an ideal of Stoic independence in which a person responds to becoming a victim by marshalling inner resources to overcome destructive and painful emotions. An Anti-Stoic approach to overcoming victimhood rejects such an appeal to independence and acknowledges that victims do not generally possess the inner resources needed to eliminate destructive and painful emotions. According to Anti-Stoicism, overcoming victimhood is a risky affair; it requires both courage and luck. I use Le Fils to argue that the Anti-Stoic approach to overcoming victimhood is both more realistic and more valuable than the Stoic approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVictim victorious
Subtitle of host publicationFrom fire to phoenix
EditorsM-C Patron, S S Holden
Place of PublicationUntied States
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781634822381
ISBN (Print)9781634822169
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

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    Finding a happier ending: The role of narrative in post traumatic meaning-making

    Henson, D. F., 1 Apr 2015, Victim victorious: From fire to phoenix. Patron, M-C. & Holden, S. S. (eds.). Unites States: Nova Science Publishers, p. 35-51 17 p.

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  • Preface

    Holden, S. S., Patron, M. C. & Rokach, A., 1 Apr 2015, Victim Victorious: From Fire to Phoenix. Patron, M-C. & Holden, S. S. (eds.). Nova Science Publishers, p. vii-xix 13 p.

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  • Sticks and stones: Only skin deep after all!

    Patron, M. C., 1 Apr 2015, Victim victorious: From fire to phoenix. Patron, M-C. & Holden, S. S. (eds.). Untied States: Nova Science Publishers, p. 123-138 16 p.

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    Cox, D. (2015). Overcoming victimhood: Stoicism, anti-stoicism and Le Fils. In M-C. Patron, & S. S. Holden (Eds.), Victim victorious : From fire to phoenix (pp. 1-14). Nova Science Publishers. https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=54632