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Title: Quid est praecipuum? Status and uses of physics in the Naturales Quaestiones of Seneca the Younger.
Authors: Komorowska, Joanna
Keywords: Seneca
universal order
theory of knowledge
division of sciences
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk
Citation: Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium, 2012, nr XXII/2, s. 33-48
Abstract: The essay analyses the position of physics as defined in Seneca’s Naturales quaestiones: the lore of the universe, the theoretical serach for the ultimate cause, the serach for necessary truth. This intellectual, infiniti (at least where humans are concerned) quest appears not only as a fulfillment of the human duty, but results necessary for (and coextensive with) the acquisition of ethical stand so admired by the Stoics.
Description: It is argued that the Senecan concept of physics, indebted as it is to earlier Stoic writings, allows the Roman philosopher to think of the respective inquiry in terms of ultimate science, a lore that brings humans closer to the divine, but also possesses profound ethical consequences. The understanding of universal law becomes mandatory, but also sufficient for ethical progress, while the notion of cosmic balance is employed to reject the excess and lack of measure so characteristic of vice. Under the guise of discussing very particular physical questions, Seneca inquires into the eternal, immutable Law, thus indicating the way for human betterment and achievement of perfection.
ISBN: 978-83-7654-139-6
ISSN: 0302-7384
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