Seneca to Lucilius: 49, on the shortness of life

Philosophy as a Way of Life
5 min readMar 12, 2020

Seneca wrote a whole book “On the shortness of life,” on which I have commented before. But he addresses the same topic also in the much shorter letter XLIX to his friend Lucilius, as part of what Liz Gloyn has called Seneca’s informal curriculum for the study of Stoicism.

This letter includes another jab at those who mis-spend their life studying logic for logic’s sake, which —…

Philosophy as a Way of Life

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