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Plutarch's Practical Ethics: The Social Dynamics of Philosophy

Lieve Van Hoof


The Second Sophistic was a time of intense competition for honour and status. Like today, this often caused mental as well as physical stress for the elite of the Roman Empire. This book studies Plutarch's practical ethics, a group of twenty-odd texts within the Moralia designed to help powerful Greeks and Romans manage their ambitions and society's expectations successfully. According to Plutarch (c. AD 45–120), the key for a happy life lies with philosophy, yet instead of advancing philosophical values as an alternative for worldly ambitions, as did other philosophers, he presents philosophy ... More

Keywords: Second Sophistic, Plutarch, ancient philosophy, practical ethics, ambition, On Feeling Good, On Exite, On Talkativeress, On Cusiosity, Precepts of Health Care

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lieve Van Hoof, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation, Flanders
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