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Stoa Nova: Seneca’s “On the Firmness of the Wise Man”
March 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On the Firmness of the Wise Man is one of Seneca’s classics on a very peculiar topic in Stoicism: the nature of the wise person, or sage. Do sages exist? Or are they only idealizations? Can we aspire to becoming sages? If not, what’s the point of talking about them? (Hint: there is a point…)
Suggested reading: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/On_the_Firmness_of_the_Wise_Man
(This is the full text of Seneca’s essay, definitely helpful to read before coming to the discussion.)
FREE for members. $5 for non-members.
Hosted by philosopher Massimo Pigliucci, Stoa Nova is inspired (with a bit of immodesty) to the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus and many others simply gave lectures about their favorite topics and engaged in Socratic discussions with people interested in what they had to say. In our case, we will examine the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome. For more on Stoicism, click here (http://tinyurl.com/m7hzr4x)!