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Interiority and Cosmic Consciousness in the <i>Natural Questions</i>

Gareth Williams

in The Cosmic Viewpoint

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199731589
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933112 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731589.003.0002
Interiority and Cosmic Consciousness in the Natural Questions

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The idiosyncratic Senecan world-view is defined in this chapter first by contrast with key features of the physical writings of Cicero, and then through comparison with the world-outlook of the elder Pliny in his Natural History. Close analysis is offered of the foundational preface to Book 3 of the Natural Questions (Book 3 being the first in the original ordering of the books). The last part of this chapter examines the Natural Questions in the socio-political context of the times in which it was written in the first century CE.

Keywords: Cicero; Pliny the elder; interiorization and cosmic consciousness; Stoicism

Chapter.  16534 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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