The aim of Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius is for readers to work their way through the 124 letters, creating a Stoic freedom, bringing an experience of joy and well-being in their life, regardless of circumstances. The totality of Seneca’s ambition is not something we can aspire to after developments in philosophy across the last 300 – 500 years. Even so, working with Seneca’s Stoic creed can still facilitate a sense of freedom for us. It can still heal what is amiss in our life. And Seneca can still provide a framework of belief and values to guide us through the insecurities of living with short contracts, casualisation and the ongoing expansion of the gig economy as we struggle to support our writing life.[Read more…] about Liberty through philosophy exercises
Do you want more freedom? If so what sort of freedom are you seeking, and how will it assist you to write better novels? Seneca’s Letters on ethics begins with the directive to free ourselves. This theme is the core of Seneca’s philosophy, and is the central aim of his program in the Letters.
So what sort of Stoic freedom is at the centre of Seneca’s art of living?
The freeing of ourselves so we live life rather than spending our short time on this planet as slaves and time servers.
For Seneca, the Stoics and other ancient practitioners, philosophy was not just a therapy for healing what is amiss in your life, it was also the truest and perhaps only pathway to the most important freedom.