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DE MINGO, Alicia. Living in public and private paideía in Seneca’s Epistulae morales ad Lucilium. arete [online]. 2011, vol.23, n.2, pp. 277-302. ISSN 1016-913X.

It is difficult to conceive both moral life and communitarian life without the tension between the Others and the self. On the one hand, due to the cohesion of society and the individual’s search for its communitarian dimension, a sort of transparent life, without secrets, as long as it is honest, is needed. However, on the other hand, when the social surrounding is morally reproachable, a private paideía, which allows the moral orientation of the individual, is indispensable, even if this produces in him solitude and brings the incomprehension from his fellow citizens, resulting in the construction of a private space.

Keywords : Seneca; person; private paideía; autonomy; vox populi.

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