The Role Ethics of Epictetus
Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St.
212-874-5210 Price: $5
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Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani professor of philosophy at the City College of New York:
Epictetus was the last great Stoic teacher in Ancient Rome. According to a new book by Brian Johnson, he also developed a novel approach to ethics, based on the various roles we all play in society (like the many masks of an actor, see photo), by choice or because they are given to us.
Based on a six-part commentary on my blog (which you don’t have to read, though it would be useful!) we will discuss how to juggle the roles of father/mother, son/daughter, colleague, friend, boss, and — most simply — human being.