Analysis of the Philosophy of Lucius Annaeus Seneca by Gabriel Connery

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2 52 Life is short, but we make it so; nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it. n 2 54 Even should we recall to mind the ages of men who have lived the longest and 249. 250. 251. 252. 253. 254. , xxi,~. De Brevitate Vitae, viii, 1. , i, 1. , i, 4. De Vita Beata, i, 2. J. Zj} · Just what does one look forward to when thinking of death? This is what Seneca queries; and in his cold, material search tor the answer, he opines that it is merely the final termination in a succession of events.

Ro. nl48 Fabius remarked that it was a great pity that he who could what he would did not always make the best choice. It were perhaps more correctly stated that he who could do what he would, would not always make the best choice. Did Seneca consider this "sequere deum" 149 sufficiently important, he certainly would not have permitted himself to lapse into such glaring inconsistencies. ~ecurs to the subject gives us the impression that he aspired to the truth. ~ow The frequency with which he But as was noted earlier in this work, Seneca was the typical Roman thinker, fearful of the consequences of discovering truth; realizing the necessity of following logical ponvictions to their obvious conclusions and lacking the will~ower to do so; and in general, handicapped by the first premise pf an ergo that had to be reached.

110 - Omniscience is an attribute of the Almighty by virtue of which He knows all things, even our inmost thoughts. Seneca seems to recognize this secret Witness and Judge of our conduct. "~uid enim prodest ab homine aliquid clusum est. ~ secretum? Nihil deo Interest animis nostris et cogitationibus mediis interveni t. "lll And again when he warns: ~ta dico, Lucili: sacer intra nos spiritus sedet, malorum bonorumque nostrorum observator et custos. "112 Hie prout ~ nobis tractatus est, ita E£! Divine Providence is recognized in terms worthy of one of the Great Fathers, "God also has given certain gifts to the whole human race, and from these no man is shut out," (Deus quo- 108.

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