The Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes

Arrival time: 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 

Entry: £5 at door

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Wednesday, 25th October, 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 pm (then informal)

Prof Christopher Gill on ‘The Stoic Route to a Well-lived Life’. 
Christopher will outline the insights offered by the ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism to modern self-guidance. For the Stoics, the well-lived or happy life is one based entirely on virtue, and the route to this life is a process of ethical development of which all human beings are fundamentally capable. The well-lived life is also a ‘natural’ life, in the sense that it expresses the best qualities of human nature, which are also, in the Stoic view, the best qualities of the natural universe as a whole. The talk will explore these ideas and ask how far these are still credible to us, and if so, how we can find our own route to a well-lived life of this kind.

Christopher is
Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought, University of Exeter, has held academic posts at the Universities of Yale, Bristol, and Aberystwyth, and has been based at Exeter since 1989. He has written extensively on ancient philosophy, especially on ancient ideas on psychology and ethics and their relationship to modern thought. His books include: Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy, and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue (1996), The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought (2006), Naturalistic Psychology in Galen and Stoicism (2010) and Marcus Aurelius: Meditations Books 1-6, translated with introduction and commentary (2013), all published by Oxford University Press; he has also edited the Oxford World’s Classics translations of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. He is currently working on a book on Stoic ethics and its potential contribution to debate in modern moral philosophy. Since 2012, he has been involved in a project presenting Stoic ideas on self-guidance to a broad audience. If you would like to follow this year’s on-line course on living a Stoic life for a week (Oct 16-22, 2017), look at http: and click on Stoic week just before those dates.