“Meditations” of Marcus Aurelius: The attempt of existential-phenomenological analysis

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The article is aimed to confute the belief held about the nature of the world view of Marcus Aurelius as pessimistic. The analysis of “Meditations” demonstrates that the text represents a dialogue between a stoic sage and an ordinary man, Marcus Aurelius being in the guise of both. The article proves that the guidance of the philosopher king is positive in its nature, calling one to fulfill manfully their duties aimed at the welfare of the World and Rome while manifesting love to people and showing no fear of failure, suffering or death.

S N Kocherov

National research University «Higher school of Economics» in Nizhny Novgorod

Department of Social Sciences and Humanities

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