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Living with the Specter of Disease: Seneca on Asthma and Respiratory Distress

James L Zainaldin

Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University (until 05/28/2020)

Living with the specter of disease is a frightening experience. It can also be a powerful stimulus for reflection on our attitudes towards life and death. Taking contemporary discussions of COVID-19 as a starting point, I explore Seneca's experience with asthma (Ep. 54) as a paradigm for the therapeutic value of philosophy in the face of respiratory distress.

Session/Panel Title

Lightning Session 1: History and Literature

Session/Paper Number

19.2

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