Roman Philosophy and the Good Life

Roman Philosophy and the Good Life

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A practical people not prone to be lured to philosophical abstraction for its own sake, the Romans looked toward philosophy for guidance on how to live. Though wary of Greek philosophy, the Romans would come to see the need for philosophies such as Stoicism, Epicureanism, Platonism, and Aristotelianism to point the way to leading the good life. With the help of these philosophies, they attempted to grapple with some of most enduring concerns of the human condition: Who am I? How should I live my life? What, if anything, is my destiny? Raymond Angelo Belliotti's Roman Philosophy and the Good Life provides an accessible picture of these major philosophical influences in Rome and details the crucial role they played during times of major social upheaval. Belliotti demonstrates the contemporary relevance of some of the philosophical issues faced by the Romans, and offers ways in which today's society can learn from the Romans in our attempt to create meaningful lives. Roman Philosophy and the Good Life will certainly intrigue those who are drawn to Roman history and politics, and especially those who enjoy viewing philosophy in action.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 272 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • 0739139711
  • 9780739139714

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Belliotti's "Roman Philosophy and the Good Life" is brilliantly written! The work exposes the intricacies of historic events and the pivotal roles played by main characters, such as Cicero, Caesar, Epicurus and Seneca, whose ideas are inherent in Western culture. Unlike many books on the classics, Belliotti sustains the novel-like appeal throughout the book without compromising philosophical rigor.--G John M. Abbarno, D'Youville Collegeshow more

About Raymond A Belliotti

Raymond Angelo Belliotti is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia.show more

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