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The Pastoral Epistles In The Light Of Philodemus’ “On Frank Criticism”

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The Pastoral Epistles show a number of points of contact with Epicurean philosophical thought, both in agreement and disagreement. This is true to the extent that the Pastorals may plausibly be said to be in conversation with Epicurean thought. This general connection suggests a context for the striking parallels between Philodemus and the Pastorals on the proper use of frank speech. Although the Pastorals disagree with Philodemus’ theory in significant ways, the two share the popular philosophical aim of moral improvement and also agree on the best measures to be taken to achieve their aim.



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