I was reading Meditation by Marcus. I do not understand this part:

Vanity is the greatest seducer of reason: when you are most convinced that your work is important, that is when you are most under its spell. See, for example, what Creates says even about Xenocrates.

Can some please explain this paragraph? I got the overall meaning but not seducer of reason.

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    Please indicate which parts are hanging you up. – aparente001 Jun 14 '17 at 4:31
  • @aparente001 I got the overall meaning. But did not get context of seducer of reason – EmptyData Jun 14 '17 at 6:44
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    If you know what a seducer is, and you know what reason is, the meaning should be apparent. – choster Jun 14 '17 at 16:41

Marcus Aurelius, in Chapter 6 of his Meditations, is quoting a (now lost) saying by Crates, the Greek Cynic philosopher, about Xenocrates (another Greek philosopher), to the effect that if you are vain and self-important, you will be likely to deceive yourself. See here.

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