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By Geert Roskam

Plutarch's De latenter vivendo is the one extant paintings from antiquity within which Epicurus' recognized perfect of an "unnoticed existence" (lathe biosas) is characterised. furthermore, the quick rhetorical paintings offers a lot attention-grabbing information regarding Plutarch's polemical techniques and approximately his personal philosophical convictions within the domain names of ethics, politics, metaphysics, and eschatology.In this e-book, Plutarch's anti-Epicurean polemic is known opposed to the history of the former philosophical culture. An exam of Epicurus' personal place is via a dialogue of Plutarch's polemical predecessors (Timocrates, Cicero, the early Stoics, and Seneca) and contemporaries (Epictetus), and via a systematical and specific research of Plutarch's personal arguments. The remark deals additional info and parallel passages (both from Plutarch's personal works and from different authors) that remove darkness from the textual content.

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It thus expresses in a concise way the core of Epicurus’ argument. It is not unlikely that for this reason it was inserted into the collection of Sententiae Vaticanae. Similarly, the above-mentioned image of the lion and the gnat in Metrodorus’ work provides a beautiful concretisation of Epicurus’ more abstract RS 39, and as such has important pedagogical advantages. One may add that striking passages from traditional literature were often quoted and re-interpreted in the light of the Epicurean ideal43.

Hutchinson (2001), with further bibliography. 52 53 38 Epicurus and the epicurean tradition The precise meaning of the vague phrase si quid intervenerit is far from clear. It has usually been interpreted as a reference to an extreme political emergency. The Epicurean philosopher will enter political life when the state risks to be ruined and social stability destroyed55. Sedley adds that the Epicurean can in such emergency situations also be motivated by “an overriding sense of obligation” to his non-philosophical fellow-citizens56.

A. Long (1995), 38-39 is right in claiming that Cicero remains consistent about his interest as a writer in integrating philosophy with politics and rhetoric, and that this is “the key to understanding his philosophical œuvre as a whole, his philosophical sympathies, and much of his mind-set”. 14 15 50 The anti-Epicurean tradition before Plutarch reward for his virtue19, and his uninterrupted self-praise more than anything else illustrates his own aspirations to a great reputation20. In that sense, Epicurus’ advice to ‘live unnoticed’ must have run counter to Cicero’s deepest convictions21.

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