Massimo Pigliucci is the K D Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living (2017), A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control (2019), co-authored with Gregory Lopez, and How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy (forthcoming, 2020), co-edited with Skye Cleary and Dan Kaufman. 

How the Stoic embrace of death can help us get a grip on life

Founded in Athens during the 3rd century BC, Stoicism flourished for some 500 years throughout Greece and the Rome. Preceded and inspired by the Cynics, the Stoics valued reason, virtue and an acceptance of circumstance. In this Aeon Video original interview, the City College of New York professor of philosophy – and practising Stoic – Massimo Pigliucci discusses how the Stoical view of death still carries meaning in a modern context, from questions of suicide to how to appreciate the good things in life.

Producer: Kellen Quinn

Interviewer: Nigel Warburton

Editor: Adam D'Arpino

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