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Death and Stoicism

5 minutes

Massimo Pigliucci

is professor of philosophy at City College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His latest book is How to Be a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living (2017). He lives in New York.

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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