November 14

Monday, November 14, 2022

The Stoics on Living According to Nature

This class will provide an introduction to Stoicism, a school of philosophy in the ancient world spanning almost 500 years that underwent considerable development from its origins in Greece through to its expansion to Rome. We will focus in this unit on the writings of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius (the so-called "Roman Stoics") from the later period of Stoicism. In today's class we'll explore some of the theoretical underpinnings of the Stoics' approach to the good life, focusing on their views on nature in Seneca's On the Happy Life.

Before Class

  • Try to develop a sense for Seneca’s understanding of the good life from the assigned reading. What primarily does living well require according to Seneca?

After Class