Stoicism Symposium: Jeanne & Massimo in Conversation

Jeanne Proust at Online

Fri, Mar 5 at 6 p.m.   |   60 minutes
Olios: Drop-in classes led by professors

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” - Marcus Aurelius Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Jeanne Proust will question quotes like this one and Stoicism in general to shed light on its modern day application. Participants will have a chance to ask questions in a free flowing forum live on zoom.


“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” - Marcus Aurelius

Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Jeanne Proust will question quotes like this one and Stoicism in general to shed light on its modern day application. Participants will have a chance to ask questions in a free flowing forum live on zoom. Upon rsvp, you will receive a link to an audio interview between Jeanne and Massimo for some context before this Olio. 

Some questions we'll discuss are:

- Is happiness really under our control?

- What are differences/similarities between the Epicurean philosophy and stoicism?

- Why are questions about the cosmos (or the order of nature) relevant to our thinking about the good life?

- What type of determinism is promoted by stoicism, and how can we reconcile the idea of an overall cosmic order of things with a commitment to moral / political progress?

- Is Determinism inconsistent with the free will necessary for leading a moral life/a politically enngaged existence? 

Jeanne Proust & Massimo Pigliucci

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

After studying in Bordeaux, Berlin, and Paris, Jeanne Proust has been teaching Philosophy, Art History and French Literature for the last 10 years in the US. her research has focused on the pathologies of the willpower, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives, but her interests are wide: among many fields, she does research in Ethics, Philosophy of Technologies and Aesthetics.


Venue: Online

Zoom link will be sent upon signup.


Add to Calendar March 5, 20216 p.m. March 5, 2021 America/New_York Think Olio | Stoicism Symposium: Jeanne & Massimo in Conversation “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” - Marcus Aurelius Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Jeanne Proust will question quotes like this one and Stoicism in general to shed light on its modern day application. Participants will have a chance to ask questions in a free flowing forum live on zoom. Online

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