Living Stoically with Seneca and Massimo (Part Two)

Feb 01, 2016, 12:00 PM

Continuing with Massimo Pigliucci on selected "moral epistles" by Seneca: 4. On the Terrors of Death, 12. On Old Age, 49. On the Shortness of Life, 59. On Pleasure and Joy, 62. On Good Company, 92. On the Happy Life, 96. On Facing Hardship, and 116. On Self Control.

With the preliminaries out of the way, we really get into the essays to see what Seneca has to say about love and other emotions, facing loss and other hardships, fear of death, desire, pursuing your goals, keeping company with ancient sages, and wearing nice clothes. Seneca, like Fritz Beer, thinks we're on a leash. All you have to do to be happy is have "a complete view of truth!" That's all!

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