The Four Best Books on or by Seneca

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This page contains a list of the four best books on or by Seneca. Finding good introductory philosophy books can be difficult for two reasons. First, searching google for recommendations usually doesn’t bring up anything useful. Second, phrases like “best books on Seneca” are ambiguous. One person may be looking for a short, beginner friendly introduction, someone else may want a comprehensive academic overview, a third person may be looking for classic works by Seneca. This list tries to account for this ambiguity by recommending different types of books on …

Life Guided by Stoic Philosophy – a short reading from Seneca’s ‘Moral Letters’

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Stoicism is a philosophical tradition founded by Zeno of Citium towards the end of the fourth century BC. Stoicism held that the world is not just a collection of material particles, it is animated by an active rational principle (logos), and the good life consists in living in accord with nature. For the Stoics, to live in accord with nature means to live virtuously and guided by reason. The Roman philosopher Seneca was strongly influenced by Stoicism. In this passage from his ‘Moral Letters’, he discusses some of the key …

Stoicism: 23 Best Quotes (With References)

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by stoic philosophers. These quotes are all genuine and details about the author, book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On wisdom: Only the wise man is content with what is his. All foolishness suffers the burden of dissatisfaction with itself. – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, 9, trans. Robin Campbell On philosophy: Philosophy is not an occupation of a popular nature, nor is it pursued for the sake of self-advertisement. Its concern is not with words, but with facts. …