Reading Seneca: Stoic Philosophy at Rome

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"Brad Inwood presents a selection of his most influential essays on the philosophy of Seneca, the Roman Stoic thinker, statesman, and tragedian of the first century A.D. Including two new pieces, and a helpful introduction to orient the reader, this volume will be an essential guide for anyone seeking to understand Seneca's fertile, wide-ranging thought and its impact on subsequent generations." In each of these essays Seneca is considered as a philosopher, but with as much account as possible taken of his life, his education, his intellectual and literary background, his career, and his self-presentation as an author. Seneca emerges as a discerning and well-read Stoic, with a strong inclination to think for himself in the context of an intellectual climate teeming with influences from other schools.
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"For classical scholars who wish to take an integrative approach to him, Reading Seneca provides invaluable guidance to an essential part of the whiole. For those who remain skeptical of Seneca's worth as a philosopher, Inwood's sober assessments of Seneca's achivements, his shortcomings and the inspiration they have provided to later thinkers should provide powerful inducement to take seriously as a philosopher this 'literary genius—or a man who thought himself one."—Amanda Wilcox, Reviews in Metaphysics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199250899
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/18/2005
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,405,600
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Inwood is Canada Research Chair in Ancient Philosophy and Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto

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Table of Contents

1 Seneca in his philosophical milieu 7
2 Seneca and psychological dualism 23
3 Politics and paradox in Seneca's De Beneficiis 65
4 Rules and reasoning in stoic ethics 95
5 The will in Seneca 132
6 God and human knowledge in Seneca's Natural questions 157
7 Moral judgement in Seneca 201
8 Natural law in Seneca 224
9 Reason, rationalization, and happiness 249
10 Getting to goodness 271
11 Seneca on freedom and autonomy 302
12 Seneca and self-assertion 322
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