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The Sublime Seneca: Ethics, Literature, Metaphysics Erik Gunderson

The Sublime Seneca: Ethics, Literature, Metaphysics

Erik Gunderson

Published January 31st 2015
ISBN : 9781107090019
Hardcover
256 pages
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This is an extended meditation on ethics in literature across the Senecan corpus. There are two chapters on the Moral Letters, asking how one is to read philosophy or how one can write about being. Moving from the Letters to the Natural Questions andMoreThis is an extended meditation on ethics in literature across the Senecan corpus. There are two chapters on the Moral Letters, asking how one is to read philosophy or how one can write about being. Moving from the Letters to the Natural Questions and Dialogues, Professor Gunderson explores how authorship works at the level both of the work and of the world, the ethics of seeing, and the question of how one can give up on the here and now and behold instead some other, better ethical sphere. Senecas tragedies offer words of caution: desire might well subvert reason at its most profound level (Phaedra), or humanitys painful separation from the sublime might be part of some cruel divine plan (The Madness of Hercules). The book concludes by considering what, if anything, we are to make of Senecas efforts to enlighten us.