Reading Seneca: Stoic Philosophy at Rome by Brad Inwood

By Brad Inwood

Brad Inwood provides a range of his such a lot celebrated essays at the philosophy of Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and tragedian of the 1st century advert. together with brand-new items, and a useful advent to orient the reader, this quantity could be an important advisor for somebody looking to comprehend Seneca's very important and wide-ranging proposal.

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That Seneca is a muddled eclectic. If one were concerned to do no more than rehabilitate the philosophical reputation of Seneca, this would be a tempting theory to support. But my concerns about the traditional view are also founded on a deep scepticism about the possibility of 8 Esp. 154 ff. She outlines three key theses which define orthodoxy. But these are insufficient to define orthodoxy; and the evidence cited seems insufficient to support the claims made. Seneca and Psychological Dualism 29 reconstructing Posidonian or other lost views by traditional methods.

22 The point of such comparisons is limited and much must be discarded as theoretically unimportant. The same procedure will be in order when the imagines Seneca uses are ones he creates himself. 4–5, where the highly coloured personification might well be taken as a sign of a dualistic attitude to the relationship between the passions and reason: but the dissection or analysis of the soul undertaken here is much more plausibly regarded as a mark of deliberately vivid presentation. Humilis res est stultitia, abiecta, sordida, servilis, multis adfectibus et saevissimis subiecta.

The dualism between reason and desire is, at its first appearance in the Phaedo, a body/soul dualism; great weight is placed on the internal unity of the soul. A reader of the Phaedo must take the phenomena associated in the Republic or Phaedrus with a lower, irrational part of the soul as being mere bodily disturbances. If we put ourselves in the position of someone who believes that the differences in psychological doctrine between the Phaedo and the later dialogues are superficial, it becomes more difficult to decide whether a Platonically flavoured dualism is or is not compatible with Stoic views.

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