Seneca: Moral and Political Essays

Seneca: Moral and Political Essays

Paperback Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

By (author) Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Edited and translated by John M. Cooper, Edited by J. F. Procope, Translated by John M. Cooper, Series edited by Raymond Geuss, Series edited by Quentin Skinner

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  • Format: Paperback | 370 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 20mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 29 January 2015
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521348188
  • ISBN 13: 9780521348188
  • Illustrations note: biographical notes, index
  • Sales rank: 386,217

Product description

This volume offers clear and forceful contemporary translations of the most important of Seneca's 'Moral Essays': On Anger, On Mercy, On the Private Life and the first four books of On Favours. They give an attractive, full picture of the social and moral outlook of an ancient Stoic thinker intimately involved in the governance of the Roman empire in the mid first century of the Christian era. A general introduction describes Seneca's life and career and explains the fundamental ideas underlying the Stoic moral, social and political philosophy that informs the essays. Individual introductions, footnotes and biographical notes place the essays in their historical and philosophical contexts, and further assistance to students is provided by section headings in the translations which organize the principal transitions in the argument and the more unfamiliar aspects of Seneca's writing.

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" This excellent new translation (with an introduction and notes) of On Anger, On Mercy, On the Private Life, and On Favours will be extremely helpful to those interested in Stoic ethics and also to those whose interest is in ancient political thought, the Roman use of Greek ideas, or the thought of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European writers like Clavin, Montaigne, and Lipsius, whom Seneca influenced." Ethics "Cooper and Procope in this volume have presented students with a very useful and valuable aide for the study of Stoic political philosophy." International Studies in Philosophy

Table of contents

Editors' notes; General introduction; Abbreviations; On Anger; On Mercy; On the Private Life; On Favours; Biographical notes; Index.