This blog is home to philosophical musings over some of the most reputable and influential Stoic thinkers from ancient Athens and Rome. Specifically (at least for now), the works of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius and Seneca will be my focus as part of a book project aimed at identifying fundamental philosophical points of contention. The tentative book title I have given this work is On Why I  Am Not A Stoic.  Again it is not that I am inhospitable to the practical philosophy of the Stoics, indeed I hold much of their aspirations and underlying ideas regarding the scope, mode and aim of philosophical discourse in high regard. Still, there are a number of salient issues that I aim to show are indefensible, which also have some seemingly innocuous implications for the modality of inter and intra-human discursive relations.

My teaching career has mostly been in the university classroom, but like most who appreciate ancient Greek thought, the practical and public aspect of engaged human life has become an ever pressing interest of mine. To this end, I am an APPA certified philosophical counsellor, and will continue my Cafe Corner in Montreal where I will begin with negotiating Stoicism. So if you live in Montreal come join me – https://www.multilanguagecafe.com/course/montreal/philosophy/1869/

Elly Pirocacos – Professor of Philosophy, Marianopolis College, Montreal, Canada,  Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece.

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