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Stoa Nova – “Stoicism or Epicureanism? Let the Discussion Begin” w/ Catherine Wilson and Massimo Pigliucci

November 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stoicism and Epicureanism have been around for more than two millennia. Surprisingly, they are being proposed in the 21st century as philosophies to adopt in order to live a life worth living (a eudaimonic life, as the ancient Greeks called it).

Join us for a conversation between Prof. Catherine Wilson, author of How to Be an Epicurean, and Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, author of How to Be a Stoic, and decide for yourself whether you are a follower of Epicurus or of Zeno (or neither, that’s okay too).

The authors will be signing books (for sale at the event) after their friendly discussion.

Suggested readings:

How to Be an Epicurean, by Catherine Wilson (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781541672635)

How to Be a Stoic, by Massimo Pigliucci (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780465097951)

Epic battles in practical ethics: Stoicism vs Epicureanism (https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-rivalries-20659585)

Catherine Wilson received her PhD in philosophy from Princeton University and has taught at universities in the US, Canada, and Europe. She has published more than 100 research papers and eight books, including A Very Short Introduction to Epicureanism and Metaethics from a First-Person Standpoint. She currently is visiting presidential professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center at CUNY.

Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He holds PhDs in genetics, evolutionary biology, and philosophy. He has published 163 technical papers and has written for many outlets, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Massimo has written or edited twelve books, including Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk, and A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control.

Admission: $5 suggested donation, free for members


November 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States