Lesson 1 (from Letters II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX)
Letters II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX
Letters from a Stoic Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium by Seneca offers wisdom from a teacher to one of his correspondent students. As students begin to read this book, they will soon see that the Stoic advice issued in the letters is rather conservative and emphasizes harmony among all living things. Today, before they begin reading the book, students will discuss Stoicism so they will have a basic understanding of the philosophy as they read Seneca's advice to Lucilius.
1) Class discussion: What is Stoicism? Stoicism is the philosophy that teaches "perfect indifference" toward external things. One Stoic belief is that a wise man does not care about material belongings. Another Stoic concept is that a wise man is not easily led astray by the masses. What does that sound like? (peer pressure) Do we still have these...
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