The Ethics of the Family in Seneca

2017.07.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Liz Gloyn, The Ethics of the Family in Seneca, Cambridge, 2017, 249 pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107145474. Reviewed by
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2017.07.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Liz Gloyn, The Ethics of the Family in Seneca, Cambridge, 2017, 249 pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107145474. Reviewed by Gretchen Reydams-Schils, University of Notre Dame In this groundbreaking study of the ethics of the family in Seneca's philosophical writings, the author's methodological presuppositions open the way for significant fresh insights. First, studying the ethics of the family as a philosophical topic does not amount to endorsing an agenda of 'family values.' We can take the theme of the normativity of family life as seriously as Seneca did (and other Stoics of the Roman imperial era). Second, we thereby also avoid the commonplace but mistaken assumption that in their treatments of such a theme the later Stoics merely made concessions to Roman social practices, in a process of accommodation. The philosophical starting point of Gloyn's study is the place of the family in the Stoic theory... . . .

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