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Published September 28, 2018
Massimo Pigliucci, a popular figure in the world of stoicism, will speak at the University of Wyoming Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. in UW’s College of Business Scarlett Auditorium and is hosted by the UW Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
“We are very excited to be hosting Massimo Pigliucci at the University of Wyoming,” says Rob Colter, UW lecturer in philosophy. “He is one of the leading figures in the modern stoicism movement and brings a contemporary perspective to ideas of a 2,000-year-old tradition that guided the lives of such figures as Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Stoicism offers a way of situating ourselves successfully in a world largely out of our control, which may never have been more relevant than today.”
Pigliucci is a professor of philosophy at the City University of New York, but he is most known as former co-host of the “Rationally Speaking” podcast and former editor-in-chief for the online magazine Scientia Salon. He also has written and published numerous blogs, articles and books, including his most recent book, “How to Be a Stoic.”
Pigliucci’s talk will focus on stoicism as a philosophy of life. He will answer questions including: What, exactly, is a philosophy of life? Who needs it and why? He will discuss the articulation of one of the most influential philosophies of antiquity: stoicism. That philosophy is experiencing a comeback in the 21st century, for the simple reason that it resonates with fundamentals of the human condition, and it works in practice, Pigliucci says.
Pigliucci says stoicism can offer a compass to navigate life; to set priorities for what is important, to become better citizens of the world; and even to prepare people for the most difficult test of their character: their own demise at the end of their lives.
Pigliucci holds doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut in evolutionary biology and the University of Tennessee in philosophy. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the nature of pseudoscience.
For more information, call Colter at (307) 766-6200 or email email@example.com.