Plutarchs Practical Ethics: The Social Dynamics of Philosophy

Hardcover | July 30, 2010

byLieve Van Hoof

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The Second Sophistic (c.AD 60-250) 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, which transcends the boundaries between literature, social history, and philosophy, studiesPlutarch'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. Lieve Van Hoof combines a systematic analysis of the general principles underlying Plutarch's practical ethics,including the author's target readership, therapeutical practices, and self-presentation, with five innovative case studies. A picture emerges of philosophy under the Roman Empire not as a set of abstract, theoretical doctrines, but as a kind of symbolic capital engendering power and prestige forauthor and reader alike.

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The Second Sophistic (c.AD 60-250) 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, which transcends the boundaries between literature, social history, and philosophy, studiesPlutarch's practical ethics, a group of twen...

Lieve Van Hoof is Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation, Flanders.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Philosophy and Society2. Strategies for Promoting Philosophy3. Plutarch as a Philosopher in Society4. On Feeling Good5. On Exile6. On Talkativeness7. On Curiosity8. Precepts of HealthcareConclusion