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Seneca: Selected philosophical letters

A striking thing about Seneca's letters is that Seneca constantly criticizes lengthy abstract philosophical analysis and yet frequently indulges in just that. This means that some of the letters, paradoxically, are quite challenging to read even for someone with formal training in philosophy. Brad Inwood is a towering pioneer in the Seneca-research and in this volume he has selected some of the most complex and interesting letters and added careful commentaries to each of them. On top of that there's a great introduction with lots of useful information about the letters and interesting thoughts on why Seneca wrote them in the first place. An indispensable book if you are up for a for a firmer grasp of Seneca's special brand of Stoicism.



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