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La mort... sereinement

Meditation on death by a great philosopher of Antiquity

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Meditation on death by a great philosopher of Antiquity

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Seneca, born at the beginning of the Christian era, invites us, through his letters to Lucilius, to reflect on death, to approach and grasp it, long before it approaches us: we have everything to gain in ceasing to fear and run from it. In an accessible and direct style (here we are dealing with letters rather than a philosophical treatise), the author of the Happy Life addresses the questions raised by the pain of the death of a family member, euthanasia or even suicide (he himself committed suicide at Nero’s orders). Not only does he offer “reasonable” peace of mind, but he also opens our eyes to the luminous horizon which opens up when the idea of death is approached serenely. Rather than acting as an apology for death, it is instead that of its acceptance by our intelligence: “I shall enjoy life just because I am not over-anxious as to the future date of my departure” (LXI). And such detachment improves life, as “a fear of death is a curse which lays a curse upon everything else.” (CI). “But there can be no such good except as the soul discovers it for itself within itself.” (XXVII). For Seneca the hereafter is radiant: death is not a pitfall, but rather the door through which we pass into eternity: “What would you say of this divine clarity when you penetrate its source?” (CI)

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Author
SENEQUE
Editor
DG DIFFUSION
Number of pages
174
Type of book
Broché
Language
French
Dimensions
14 x 21,8

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