Virtues for the People: Aspects of Plutarchan Ethics

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Geert Roskam, L. Van der Stockt
Universitaire Pers Leuven, 2011 - Philosophy - 384 pages
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Plutarch of Chaeronea, Platonist, polymath, and prolific writer, was by no means an armchair philosopher. He believed in the necessity for a philosopher to affect the lives of his fellow citizens. That urge inspired many of his writings to meet what he considered people's true needs. Although these writings on practical ethics illustrate in various ways Plutarch's authorial talents and raise many challenging questions (regarding their overall structure, content, purpose, and underlying philosophical and social presuppositions), they have attracted only limited scholarly attention.

Virtues for the People contains a collection of essays that deal with these questions from different perspectives and illuminate Plutarch's thinking and writing. In addition to twelve chapters in English, it includes one essay each in German, Italian, French, and Spanish, each accompanied by an English-language abstract. Special points of interest are the concept of "popular philosophy" itself and its implications, its dependence on a more theoretical philosophical background, and the importance of moral progress, the therapy of wickedness, and the common experiences of everyday life.

  

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Contents

Efficiency and Effectiveness of Plutarchs Broadcasting Ethics
7
Semper duo numquam tres? Plutarchs Popularphilosophie
19
What is Popular about Plutarchs Popular Philosophy?
41
Plutarchs Lives and the Critical Reader
59
Nature and Features
83
Del Satiro che voleva baciare il fuoco o Come trarre
99
Plutarchs DietEthics Precepts of Healthcare Between
109
Arete Tyche and NonConsequentialism
133
Some Remarks on De garrulitate
205
Plutarchs Schrift gegen das Borgen Περὶ τοῦ μὴ δεῖν
223
Φιλονικία in Plutarchs Society
237
Astrometeorología y creencias sobre los astros en Plutarco
259
Bitch is Not a FourLetter Word Animal Reason and Human
273
Autour du miroir Les miroitements dune image dans
297
Bibliography
327
Index Locorum
351

Virtue Fortune and Happiness in Theory and Practice
151
Plutarch Against Epicurus on Affection for Offspring
175
Abstracts
377
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About the author (2011)

Geert Roskam is Professor of Greek language and literature at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Luc Van der Stockt is Professor of Greek language and literature at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Honorary President of the International Plutarch Society.

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