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Chapter Four: The Life of the Individual

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This chapter brings us into the realm of ethics, where the difference in character between the sources asserts itself once more. Seneca writes very extensively on ethical problems, sometimes devoting entire essays to the subject. Certain ethical questions form the basis for a logically built up discourse, and while it is now and then difficult to follow Seneca's argument closely, the mainstream of his thoughts is usually clear enough for us to be able to form an accurate idea of his views concerning various ethical problems. Such problems were apparently of special interest to Seneca. Reflections of an exclusively moral nature occupy a very important place in Seneca's writings. It is safe to say that Seneca was chiefly preoccupied with ethical problems, and hence also with the personal life of the individual and relationships between people.

Keywords: ethics; Seneca



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