Professor Christopher Gill on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations

Professor Christopher Gill on Marcus Aurelius’ MeditationsUniversity of Exeter, Stoicism Today Project In this brief video lecture for “Stoicism Today”, Professor Christopher Gill delivers a philosophical paper on the Stoic features of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations — featured also in full in a forthcoming book titled “Marcus Aurelius: Meditations Books 1 to 6” by Oxford University Press. Professor Gill argues that the Meditations properly considered in a “broader scholarly context” illustrates the extent to which Marcus Aurelius was neither an amateur nor an eclectic thinker but a serious stoic thinker in his own right taking stoicism not… Read More

Dr. Jürgen Habermas on “Ritual, Nationalism, and Religious Arguments in the Public Sphere”

Dr. Jürgen Habermas on “Ritual, Nationalism, and Religious Arguments in the Public Sphere” The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University At the Berkley center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs in 2011, Dr. Jürgen Habermas presented a philosophical paper titled “On Myth and Ritual”. In the question period that followed, Professor Habermas spoke about the importance of distinguishing between the use of religious arguments in the secular public sphere and when those religious arguments are used by the institutions that form and represent the foundation of secularized political sovereignty…. Read More

Professor Christopher Gill on “Stoicism Today” Project

Professor Christopher Gill on “Stoicism Today” ProjectOctober 2012, University of Exeter In this inauguration of the #IntegratingSeries, we review the workshop video introduction to the “Stoicism Today” project initiated by Professor Christopher Gill and associates at the University of Exeter, U.K., in October 2012. The purpose of the “Stoicism Today” project is to explore the “applications of Stoic philosophy” in modern day life, and to develop online material and courses on the practise of Stoic philosophy today. “Stoicism Today is a group of psychotherapists and academics working together to produce resources for practising Stoic… Read More

Professor Julia Annas on “What does it mean to flourish?”

Professor Julia Annas on “What does it mean to flourish?”2011 University of Pennsylvania  At the University of Pennsylvania distinguished speakers series, Philosopher Julia Annas presented a brief philosophical paper on the meaning of what it is to flourish. Professor Annas argued that what is often presumed in discussions on happiness is that it is more than a mental state of being happy but also about improving people’s lives — the very idea of flourishing itself. What we ordinarily mean when we talk about happiness is actually a social goal, indeed the notion itself… Read More