November 21

Monday, November 21, 2022

Stoic Therapy: Self-Care and Care for Others

In this class we continue our study of Roman Stoicism, beginning with the distinction the Stoics drew between their approach to the good life and the approach of their main rival philosophical school, Epicureanism. We'll then move on to consider the Stoics' views on civic engagement, the relation between fate and free will, and their understanding of healthy and unhealthy emotions. At the end of class we will examine various challenges to Stoicism as well as the rise of the Modern Stoicism movement.

Before Class

  • A conversation with Nancy Sherman for Stoicon 2021 covering various issues from her recent book, Stoic Wisdom, including the Stoics’ views on emotions and other misreadings of their understanding of the good life
  • As you read Seneca’s letters for today’s class, consider how his views in ethics connect with the views developed by Epictetus in last week’s reading and the core principles of Stoicism discussed in last week’s lecture.
  • Live Like a Stoic Week starts today and continues through Thanksgiving Break!

After Class