The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters of Seneca

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1968 - Philosophy - 261 pages
In The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca, representative selections from Seneca's writings offer the reader an excellent introduction to the range of his work.

The selections are drawn from the essays, or dialogues, and the "Consolations;" from the treatises, of which "On Clemency," addressed to the young Nero, is included here; and from the Letters to Lucilius, which have to do not only with philosophical subjects but also with Seneca's personal experiences, such as journeys and visits.

Moses Hadas has selected letters and essays which reveal Seneca's major philosophical themes—the relationship of the individual to society and to the gods; the meaning of pain and misfortune; man's attitudes to change, time, and death; and the nature of the highest good and of the happy life. In his Introduction, Professor Hadas discusses Seneca's life and work, tracing the history of his reputation; comments on Seneca's style; and outlines the origins and tenets of Stoicism.
 

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Seneca lived from 4 BC to 65 AD and continued the philosophy of stoicism that had been founded in 3rd century Greece. In his time, the epicureans were analogous to today’s atheists or agnostics, and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
BellesLettres and a Guiding Providence
2
Life
5
The Corpus
9
Silver Point
17
Stoicism
19
On Providence
27
On the Shortness of Life
47
Holidays
178
Travel
182
Maxims
185
God in Man
188
Slaves 191 47 Slaves
191
How Many Causes?
196
Suicide 202 70 Suicide
202
The Sole Good
208

On Tranquillity of Mind
75
Consolation to Helvia
107
On Clemency
137
Letters
167
Friendship
168
Moderation
170
Crowds
172
Old Age
175
Scipios Villa
216
The Subjects of Philosophy
220
Philosophy and Progress
226
The Happy Life
239
Immortality
248
Reason and the True Good
256
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Moses Hadas was an American teacher, a classical scholar, and a translator of numerous works.

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