#003 Keep Calm and Carry On with Seneca and Massimo Pigliucci

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

What can Seneca and the Stoics teach us about sticking to our resolutions? Professor Massimo Pigliucci explains why Stoicism is on the rise today, the relationship with CBT, and how all of us can improve ourselves everyday. The Happier Hour explores a different topic every two weeks. This week: Resolutions

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The Serenity Prayer

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Stoicon 2018

The Four Cardinal Virtues:

  1. Practical Wisdom: The ability to navigate situations in the best possible way

  2. Temperance:  The ability to measure your actions

  3. Justice: The ability to be part of a whole

  4. Courage:  The ability to do the right thing



What are you putting off for tomorrow that you can start doing today?


Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, the relationship between science and philosophy, the nature of pseudoscience, and the practical philosophy of Stoicism.

In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national and international outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Philosophy Now and The Philosopher’s Magazine, among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. Pigliucci publishes two blogs: Plato’s Footnote (platofootnote.org), on general philosophy, and How to Be a Stoic (howtobeastoic.org), on his personal exploration of Stoicism as practical philosophy.

At last count, Prof. Pigliucci has published 153 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 13 books, most recently of the best selling How to Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (Basic Books). 


Photo Credit: Kenny Lozyniak