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KMT 2011 nr 3 Download PDF

Dominika Budzanowska

Seneca the Younger about the richness

Cite: Dominika Budzanowska, Seneka Młodszy o bogactwie, "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2011( 6) nr 3, s. 37-52.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, called the Younger or Philosopher. Seneca lived during difficult times and he was engaged in politics during the reign of his disciple, Cesar Nero. He was very rich man and one of the greatest philosophers of ancient Rome. Seneca was an eclectic, advancing stoic doctrine, which appealed to other trends of Greek philosophy, for ex. to Plato or Epicure. He claims that we have to learn virtues. However in this case we have the help of God, who gives us the intellect when we are born. Seneca reminds, that the life is not easy and only the indications of the philosophy concerning virtue preserve from the unjust fortune. However, keeping human weakness in mind, he postulates that a sage should strut not only with the same steps but always the same way. Be happy means be wise, not be rich.

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