With its origins in ancient Greece, stoicism can still offer psychological insight and philosophical practice to enrich our lives today. Often misunderstood to mean merely denying emotion or “being tough,” stoicism actually seeks practical answers to fundamental questions about how to live reasonably, ethically, joyfully and in harmony with the world around us. Stoicism can generate psychological resilience, clarity of purpose, acceptance and optimism. Contemporary philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb says a stoic “transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.”
We’ll explore stoic thought by discussing original texts, scholarly and popular secondary sources, current research on the psychological dimensions of stoicism, and modern thinkers such as Victor Frankl and Martha Nussbaum.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.