In the “indeterminacy” which characterizes our millennium, in the “liquid” (Zygmunt Bauman) unpredictable scenery of postmodernity, Seneca invites today's man to the Foucalt “care of oneself” that assumes the shape of assiduous dedication to improve themselves in order to be for the other, to devote oneself and to be good for the other according to ethics of interiority which finds its full reconversion in social ethics. Actually, it is just the fluid unpredictable scenery of postmodernity to authorize and efface the validity of Seneca's letters, emphasizing by contrast the clear distinction by postmodern pluralism. Through the reflective dialogue word of the philosopher, man recalls a truth of himself oriented to build one's existence in that view of the world (Weltansicht) celebrated by Gadamer in which being (Dasein) is set up as living inevitable dialogue with tradition. The tone of this commentary to the single letters is also bound to laymen, in the attempt to furnish a viable credible way to make clear the sense of Seneca's thought in the extraordinary tension to the communication of an “art of living” based on wisdom and inner strength and of a moral rather than political experience that speaks about man to man and for man. The Letters by Seneca, in fact, involve not only the intellectual but also the common man, not only the European man but also the broker on Wall Street, not only the West but also the “other” cultures just because they reproduce ethical psychological social anthropological coordinates inside which you can perfectly enucleate the persistence of the war agonistic relationship of the Self with itself, that, from the hard construction of one's subjectivity and from the “dramatic” feeling of the existence, is projected to the tension to a conduct intended for morally socially desirable purposes.
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2011|