After missing one session due to illness (on Octavia Butler – rescheduled for December) – we resumed our Worlds of Speculative Fiction talk series, hosted by the Brookfield Public Library.  We had a great discussion of this highly influential author of “weird” fiction. If you’d like to watch or listen to the recording, you can […]

Earlier this month, we held the seventh session in our series, Philosophers In The Midst of History, focused this time on the life, times, and thought of the great early modern philosopher, Thomas Hobbes.  His political theory – the main points of which we discussed – emerges out of the conflicts and uncertainties of early […]

Here’s a recent interview I did with Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic.  Some good questions, and some rather longish answers.  If you’d like to know about the kind of work I do at present, how I got into it, and my views on things Stoic, then give it a read!

Here’s another recent podcast interview with me, part of Samuel Osborne’s “Think Like A Thought Leader” series – you can listen here. I should clarify that I don’t actually think that it’s easy simply to become a philosopher, as the title of the episode might lead you to think – but I do think that […]

I recently appeared as a guest on Justin Vacula’s podcast, discussing the topic of what Stoicism has to tell us about productively dealing with the emotion of anger.  We also strayed into a number of other related topics as well. If you’d like to hear the podcast episode, you can find it here.

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.