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Chapter Five: Social Relations

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As is the case with Paul and Seneca's ethics concerning the individual one finds, when one compares their social ethics, that so much depends upon the backgrounds against which they write. First the question arises as to what they each consider to be the basis of human society. Seneca sees the individual as part of a vast community, of an organic whole of cosmic dimensions. By means of his reason man is in touch with nature in all its vastness, and by his spirit, which is of divine origin, with a heavenly world which embraces gods and man alike in one great organic whole. For this reason man ought to respect and help his fellows. The work of nature has accordingly made each of us part of one vast community.

Keywords: God; human society; Paul; Seneca; social ethics



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