Letters 94 and 95 of Seneca’s Epistulae Morales introduce and discuss a distinction between individual moral instructions or praecepta and the doctrines of Stoic moral philosophy or decreta. According to Seneca, some people reject the teaching of decreta, preferring non-doctrinal methods of moral instruction, while Aristo of Chios, the heterodox Stoic, rejects praecepta in favor of decreta alone. Seneca charts a middle course between these positions, defending praecepta (in 94) and decreta (in 95) against their respective opponents.Schafer argues against interpretations which see praecepta as »rules« which a Stoic agent follows, in conjunction with decreta or »principles« in moral deliberation. He shows both that the text does not answer to the concerns which an account of Stoic deliberation must address, and that Seneca’s praecepta could not be the rules which structure that deliberation, if such rules exist.
Maße (BxHxT): 16 x 23,7 x 1,2cm, Gewicht: 0,336 kg
John Schafer PhD promovierte im Jahr 2007 an der Harvard University im Fach Classical Philosophy. Er ist Mitglied der American Philological Association. Im Jahr 2008–2009 arbeitet er als Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies an der Duke University. Ab 2010 ist er Assistant Professor of Classics an der Northwestern University, USA. mehr...