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Plutarch of Chaeronea, Platonist, polymath, and prolific writer, was by no means an armchair philosopher. He believed in the necessity for a philosopher to affect the lives of his fellow citizens. That urge inspired many of his writings to meet what he considered people's true needs. Although these writings on practical ethics illustrate in various ways Plutarch's authorial talents and raise many challenging questions (regarding their overall structure, content, purpose, and underlying philosophical and social presuppositions), they have attracted only limited scholarly attention. Virtues for the People contains a collection of essays that deal with these questions from different perspectives and as such throw a new light upon this multifaceted domain of Plutarch's thinking and writing. Special points of interest are the concept of ‘popular philosophy' itself and its implications, its dependence on a more theoretical philosophical background, and the importance of moral progress, the therapy of wickedness, and the common experiences of everyday life.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Efficiency and Effectiveness of Plutarch’s Broadcasting Ethics
  2. G. Roskam, L. Van der Stockt
  3. pp. 7-16
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  1. 1. Virtues for the people
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. Semper duo, numquam tres? Plutarch’s Popularphilosophie on Friendship and Virtue in On having many friends
  2. L. Van der Stockt
  3. pp. 19-40
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  1. What is Popular About Plutarch’s‘Popular Philosophy’?
  2. Chr. Pelling
  3. pp. 41-58
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  1. Plutarch’s Lives and the Critical Reader
  2. T.E. Duff
  3. pp. 59-82
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  1. Greek Poleis and the Roman Empire: Nature and Features of Political Virtues in an Autocratic System
  2. P. Desideri
  3. pp. 83-98
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  1. Del Satiro che voleva baciare il fuoco (o Come trarre vantaggio dainemici)
  2. J.C. Capriglione
  3. pp. 99-108
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  1. Plutarch’s ‘Diet-Ethics’ Precepts of Healthcare Between Diet and Ethics
  2. L. Van Hoof
  3. pp. 109-130
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  1. 2. Some theoretical questions on ethical praxis
  2. pp. 131-132
  1. Plutarchan Morality: Arete, Tyche, and Non-Consequentialism
  2. H.M. Martin
  3. pp. 133-150
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  1. Virtue, Fortune, and Happiness in Theory and Practice
  2. J. Opsomer
  3. pp. 151-174
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  1. Plutarch Against Epicurus on Affection for Offspring A Reading of De amore prolis
  2. G. Roskam
  3. pp. 175-202
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  1. 3. Virtues and vices
  2. pp. 203-204
  1. Plutarch’s ‘Minor’ Ethics: Some Remarks on De garrulitate, De curiositate, and De vitioso pudore
  2. A.G. Nikolaidis
  3. pp. 205-222
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  1. Plutarchs Schrift gegen das Borgen (Περὶ τοῦ μὴ δεῖν δανείζεσθαι): Adressaten, Lehrziele und Genos
  2. H.G. Ingenkamp
  3. pp. 223-236
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  1. Competition and its Costs: Φιλονικία in Plutarch’s Society and Heroes
  2. Ph.A. Stadter
  3. pp. 237-256
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  1. 4. ‘Popular philosophy’ in context
  2. pp. 257-258
  1. Astrometeorología y creencias sobrelos astros en Plutarco
  2. A. Pérez Jiménez
  3. pp. 259-272
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  1. Bitch is Not a Four-Letter Word. Animal Reason and Human Passionin Plutarch
  2. J. Mossman, F. Titchener
  3. pp. 273-296
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  1. Autour du miroir. Les miroitements d’une image dansl’oeuvre de Plutarque
  2. F. Frazier
  3. pp. 297-326
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 327-350
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  1. Index Locorum
  2. pp. 351-376
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  1. Abstracts
  2. pp. 377-384
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789461661180
Related ISBN
9789058678584
MARC Record
OCLC
876671467
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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