Seneca, On Firmness of Mind

In this lesson, we continue our study of Stoic Philosophy, reading Seneca’s essay “On Firmness of Mind”. To complete the objectives of this lesson: Study the lesson for mastery. Complete the lesson assessment. Reading I might say with good reason, Serenus, that there is as great a difference between the Stoics and the other schools of philosophy as there is between males and females, since while each set contributes equally to human society, the one class is born to obey, the other to command. Other philosophers, using gentle and persuasive measures, are like the intimate family physician, who, commonly, tries … Continue

Stoic Philosophy. Seneca, On Providence

In this lesson, we begin our study of Stoic Philosophy. We begin with the study of Seneca’s essay “On Providence”. To complete the objectives of this lesson: Study the lesson for mastery. Complete the lesson assessment. Reading You have asked me, Lucilius, why, if a Providence rules the world, it still happens that many evils befall good men. This would be more fittingly answered in a coherent work designed to prove that a Providence does preside over the universe, and that God concerns himself with us. But since it is your wish that a part be severed from the whole, … Continue