Short Reads: “Seneca on Clemency, or Mercy”

Reeder's Alley Interpretive & Convention Center 101 Reeder's Alley, Helena, MT, United States

Early in the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero, his teacher Seneca composed a short treatise, addressed to the emperor, on the subject of mercy or clemency. While none of us is likely ever to be the sole ruler of the civilized world, we might find analogues to some of these concerns for people in other, lesser positions of authority. In this evening’s Short Reads session, we’ll examine Seneca’s account of mercy as a Stoic virtue: how it differs from vengeance, pity, and forgiveness, and how it’s closely related to the virtue of justice. And we’ll reflect on the profoundly unequal power dynamics inherent in Seneca’s theory of clemency. Learn more & RSVP here.

Long Reads

Reeder's Alley Interpretive & Convention Center 101 Reeder's Alley, Helena, MT, United States

There is a special kind of deep, focused learning that can only happen through close, careful engagement with the written word — and especially with the written words and arguments of thoughtful, rigorous thinkers. To foster that engagement in a friendly, collaborative setting, our “Long Reads” series will focus on close reading of philosophical books, both classic and contemporary. Book, topic, and details coming soon. Learn more & RSVP here.

Long Reads

Reeder's Alley Interpretive & Convention Center 101 Reeder's Alley, Helena, MT, United States

There is a special kind of deep, focused learning that can only happen through close, careful engagement with the written word — and especially with the written words and arguments of thoughtful, rigorous thinkers. To foster that engagement in a friendly, collaborative setting, our “Long Reads” series will focus on close reading of philosophical books, both classic and contemporary. Book, topic, and details coming soon. Learn more & RSVP here.

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