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Title: Plutarch on Self and Others
Author(s): ROSKAM, G.
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 34 Date: 2004
Plutarch strongly opposed the Epicurean ideal of a sequestered life: man should not withdraw from society, but should as a social being, zoon koinonikon, enter public life, where he meets the other. Now it is clear that there are many possible attitudes which one can adopt towards the other. They vary from violence against, and manipulation of, the other to sincere concern for the good of the other, from paternalism to responsibility for the other, from exclusion to love, from neglect and indifference to an encounter between an I and a Thou, based on mutual respect. What then is Plutarch's position with regard to this question? How does he conceive the relation Self-Other?