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A Stoic Philosopher’s Guide To Happiness
March 23, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmFrom £11.37
Learn how the philosophy of Marcus Aurelius can bring you happiness in the modern world…
Stoicism is a philosophy that dates back to the third century BC. In modern times it has influenced powerful movements like CBT and mindfulness. This talk outlines the background and main features of Stoic philosophy and ethics.
It then explores whether we can live Stoic lives in the 21st century, which will raise questions such as:
- Why do the Stoics think that the basis of happiness lies in our own hands?
- What is Stoic virtue and what’s good about it? Is being Stoic compatible with loving and caring for others?
- Is Stoicism being unemotional?
Join us to learn about the philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, and how Stoics stop worrying about things outside their control, appreciate the things they have in life and find joy in virtue.
Doors 6.30pm – come down early to grab a good seat & a drink
Talk Start 7.00pm
Q&A approx 8.30pm
Christopher Gill is a former Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter.
His books include The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy (2006), a translation and commentary of Books 1-6 of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations (2013), and (forthcoming) Learning to Live Naturally: Stoic Ethics and its Modern Significance, all with Oxford University Press.
He has also written the introduction to the Oxford World’s Classics translations of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. Since 2012 he has taken a leading role in ‘Modern Stoicism’, an organisation which aims to present Stoic ideas as a basis for modern living, runs an online course each year (Stoic Week) and holds regular conferences (‘Stoicon’).