Ideas from 'On the Happy Life' by Seneca the Younger [60], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Dialogues and Essays' by Seneca (ed/tr Davie,John) [Penguin 2007,978-0-19-280714-4]].

Click on the Idea Number for the full details    |     back to texts     |     expand these ideas


1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People
A wise man is not subservient to anything
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / a. Idealistic ethics
The supreme good is harmony of spirit
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / c. Motivation for virtue
I seek virtue, because it is its own reward
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / j. Unity of virtue
Virtue is always moderate, so excess need not be feared
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / a. Virtues
It is shameful to not even recognise your own slaves
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / c. Wealth
Why does your wife wear in her ears the income of a wealthy house?
If wealth was a good, it would make men good
There is far more scope for virtue if you are wealth; poverty only allows endurance
25. Society / C. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy
Unfortunately the majority do not tend to favour what is best