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David Fideler

Breakfast with Seneca

by David Fideler

Breakfast with Seneca

David Fideler

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Breakfast with Seneca reveals how Stoicism can help lead to a more virtuous life, free of anxiety and uncertainty.

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Breakfast with Seneca

by David Fideler

Breakfast with Seneca

David Fideler

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Seneca, who lived from 4 BC to 65 AD, was the earliest significant Stoic writer whose philosophical works persisted long enough to reach us in the 21st century. Stoicism has been widely misunderstood, many associating it with the repression of one's emotions.

In reality, Stoic philosophers promoted the expression of positive emotions while providing tools to control and understand negative ones. Stoicism is meant to be a therapy for the soul and a school of knowledge leading to a happier and more fulfilling life.

David Fideler is an author and university professor whose work focuses on philosophy and intellectual history. In Breakfast with Seneca, Fideler gives an overview of Seneca's core Stoic beliefs and how they can be successfully applied to our contemporary lives.

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David Fideler

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