Seneca, Physics, and the (Teaching of the) Parts of Philosophy

Last time, we saw that Ilsetraut Hadot argues that the Stoic conception of philosophy, with its three parts of physics, ethics, and logic, prevents any simple hierarchization between the different philosophical studies. Each is thoroughly co-dependent on the others.

This is one of those subjects where a word like “co-dependent” can do a lot of work, and it is useful to make some distinctions. The Stoic claim is opposed by different philosophical positions which argue that physics or metaphysics is “prior” to ethics. So, we…

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