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. 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?
While teaching at different universities in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the academia frontiers by participating in different events open to the general public. She taught at Rikers Island as a volunteer, and regularly gives public talks in philosophy, leading her to recently produce her own podcast, "Can You Phil It?”.
Zoom link will be sent upon signup.