It is here that Seneca is most charming and helpful, for most other philosophers would not deign to offer such workaday recommendations and observations. 0:36 [Read] Letters from a Stoic For Free. These letters of Roman philosopher Seneca are a treasure chest for anybody wishing to incorporate philosophic wisdom into their day-to-day living. Letters from a Stoic Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium. But what's delivered is the three volume Richard Grummere translation, originally from the Loeb Classics. Letters From A Stoic: Ultra Condensed Cliffnotes #17. Overview Written over two thousand years ago, SenecaÕs moral letters to his friend Lucilius Ð aka Letters from a Stoic - still holds the power to enthrall. bkv83343. Montaigne and Emerson obviously learned a great deal from Seneca; you might even say they ripped him off. Of course, this is easier said than done, and Seneca does not have a fully worked-out system for reaching this state. It includes all 124 letters. 1,560 global ratings | 440 global reviews, Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2017. He offers, instead, an unsystematic mass of advice. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca. It's a very readable translations of selections by a very humane philosopher. As I progress on my quest for wisdom from the classical periods I recently read Cicero's "Selected Works" and Lurcreius' "On the Nature of Things" both of which I thought lacked in any deep knowledge and found them both to be greatly disappointing. This Penguin Classics was the book that introduced me to Stoicism, and ancient philosophy. Sêneca & Robin Campbell. The most disgraceful type of loss is that due to carelessness. ( Log Out /  Instead of reviewing the contents, which should be required reading for everyone, and which have absolutely withstood the test of time, I'll review the book itself. This is a book that I keep next to my bed, and when I take trips it goes in my suitcase. Seneca thus finds a perfect vehicle for his thought in the form of the letter. The Letters are part of the foundation of Stoic thought making Seneca one of the indispensable thinkers from Ancient Roman philosophy. People don’t have time or patience for logic-chopping; they want useful advice. They are very well written and clear, making them a fantastic read (whether you agree with what’s being said or not). Letters from a Stoic All 124 Letters (Audio Download): Amazon.in: Seneca, John Winston, MuseumAudiobooks.com: Audible Audiobooks Emerson wrote “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” and Seneca apparently would agree, for there are many inconsistencies to be found in these pages. ), Printed book by Penguin is wonderful; Kindle edition is unrelated, Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2018. But much of Seneca’s advice is timeless, and phrased in deathless prose. Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2018, I did enjoy Seneca, but not nearly as much as the other ancient Stoics, Epictetus or Marcus Aurelius. Seneca’s metaphysical arguments are weak and confused affairs; he is not one for disputation. *Letters from a Stoic* is a first-person look at how an experienced Stoic applies philosophy to ordinary life and the world around him. For a new generation of Stoic students and practitioners (and the merely curious), this lively, timeless guide to living the good life is essential reading. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, "It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more, Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2015. He is also remarkably modern in his tolerant, cosmopolitan, and informal attitude. 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Seneca's letters to his friend Lucilius, an aspiring Stoic, contain much practical wisdom and general advice that can be used and practised even in our modern age. The unflattering review is not for Seneca or his letters but for the false advertising. The work defines and explains anger within the context of Stoic philosophy, and offers therapeutic advice on how to prevent and control anger. AnniceBerggren. They touch on a wide range of topics from a happy life to the moral one. That implies driving a straightforward and fair life free of bad habit and enticement – yet that is more diligently to accomplish than it sounds. I'm an English teacher and book nerd living in Madrid. Certainly not all of his advice is good; every reader will pick and choose what suits them best. Modern philosophy largely concerns itself with a variety of theoretical problems. One of the most persistent criticisms made of modern philosophy is that it isn’t useful. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Latin with an introduction by Robin Campbell. From it you not only learn the core tenets of Stoicism, but get to witness the intellectual practice of someone who's wholly devoted to cultivating his mind, mastering philosophy, and achieving long-lasting happiness. TheresaSmith1707. ( Log Out /  Some of the techniques listed in Letters from a Stoic (a selection) may require a sound knowledge of Hypnosis, users are advised to either leave those sections or must have a basic understanding of the subject before practicing them. Death alone is the equal privilege of mankind. Buy Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium (Classics) by Seneca, Campbell, Robin, Campbell, Robin, Campbell, Robin (ISBN: 8601420051690) from Amazon's Book … But for all this, there is a core of good sense contained within these pages, which Seneca himself summarizes: No man is good by chance. 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