Essays in jurisprudence and ethics

Paperback | January 10, 2012

bySir Frederick Pollock

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1882. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XII. MARCUS AURELIUS AND THE STOIC PHILOSOPHY. It costs us some effort to realize the full importance of philosophy to the Greek or Roman citizen who had received a liberal education. For him it combined in one whole body of doctrine all the authority and influence which nowadays are divided, not without contention, by science, philosophy, and religion in varying shares. It was not an intellectual exercise or a special study, but a serious endeavour to gather up the results of all human knowledge in their most general form, and make them available for the practical conduct of life. We know that Greek philosophy had its full share in the bloodless victories won by Greece over her conquerors; and that the Stoic system was especially congenial to the Roman character, and had a considerable majority of adherents among cultivated Romans. We know that the lives of illustrious rulers and statesmen, and of him not least among them of whom we are now to speak, were formed upon the discipline of that system; and if evidence is ever to be trusted to connect men's actions and character with their professed beliefs, we have abundant and trustworthy evidence in this case. These facts are almost too commonplace for express mention; but it is perhaps not so easy to remember, what nevertheless is undeniable, that for every name which has made Stoicism remarkable in history, there must have been many, now scarcely noted or wholly forgotten, among the men who did the abiding work of the Roman empire in provinces where the follies and revolutions of the palace had little effect. I have called their work abiding, for it is to be remembered that Rome not only kept peace and order throughout an immense dominion inhabited by all races and conditions of men, and governed some parts of t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1882. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XII. MARCUS AURELIUS AND THE STOIC PHILOSOPHY. It costs us some effort to realize the full importance of philosophy to the Greek or R...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217714102

ISBN - 13:9780217714105

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