Continuing on with the new quarterly talk series at the Shorewood Public Library, I discussed the few writings we have by, and the very interesting life of, the 12th century scholar, love, and nun Heloise. Her tragic love affair and marriage – with the philosopher Peter Abelard – provides the focus for her writings about […]
I recently authored a follow-up piece in Stoicism Today, continuing the discussion of an issue often confusing for modern readers – what the Stoics mean by “in accordance with Nature”. Here is the new piece – Musonius and Epictetus on “In Accordance With Nature” And here is the earlier piece – What Does “In Accordance With Nature” […]
We continued the monthly series, Worlds of Speculative Fiction – Philosophical Themes, with a session earlier this month focused on a new author, Iain Banks, and his “Culture” series of novels. This set were a bit challenging – no recurring characters or even plot lines through the series! If you’d like to watch the video-recording, […]
Last month, I went on as a guest on the Stoic Mettle podcast – Scott Herbert’s show – and discussed Epictetus’ dichotomy of control with the host for a bit over an hour. It was a great conversation – he’s a great host! If you’d like to listen to it, here’s the link.
Last month, I came on as a guest for Scott Perry’s Stoic Guitarist show. We focused in the discussion on Epictetus’ “dichotomy of control”, what its implications for creativity are, and his example of the anxious musician in the Discourses. If you’d like to watch or listen to the interview, you can do so here.
Over the last six years, I have created and uploaded over 1,000 videos on an array of philosophical thinkers, texts, and topics. On average now, I produce another 250 philosophy videos each additional year, and I plan to continue that activity for years to come. After many suggestions from viewers and subscribers that I create […]
We had our seventeenth lecture in the Worlds of Speculative Fiction series, hosted here locally at the Brookfield public library. This session we focused on Orson Scott Card’s Ender novels, the narrative universe created in those works, and some of the philosophical themes discussed in them. Here’s the videorecording of the lecture and discussion. We […]
Our “Philosophers in the Midst of History” series continued with its sixth session, this time focused on the early medieval philosopher, Boethius. We discussed his Consolation of Philosophy and the historical circumstances that led up to it – his being accused of treason, imprisonment, and later execution under King Theodoric’s government. If you’d like to […]
One of the key ideas in Stoic Ethics – about which there tends to be a good bit of confusion – is “living in accordance with nature.” I recently published a piece in Stoicism Today discussing what the classic Stoics – in their own words – had to say about the subject. You can read […]
Earlier this month, we met for the sixteenth session in the Worlds of Speculative Fiction series, this time discussing the narrative world and philosophical themes of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series (focusing mainly on the first books in that series). We had an excellent discussion – not least since some of the participants had […]