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SALLES, Ricardo. Why is there no variation in everlasting recurrence? Notes on divine thinking in Stoic cosmology. Nova tellus [online]. 2022, vol.40, n.1, pp.87-108.  Epub Apr 08, 2022. ISSN 0185-3058.

In this article, I offer an analysis of the Stoic theory of everlasting recurrence and especially of the thesis that the infinite recurrence of the cosmos admits no variation whatsoever, and focus on the hypothesis advanced by Francis Henry Sandbach and David Furley to explain it. As I intend to reveal, this hypothesis is not adequately supported by the evidence if we take into account Stoic axiology. I argue that, in order to solve this difficulty, we need to explore Stoic theology and, in particular, the nature of Stoic divine thinking.

Keywords : Cosmogony; Theology; Antipater of Tarsus; Diogenes of Babylon; Indifferents.

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