What we're about

Philosophy as a Way of Life is an informal discussion group for people interested in practical philosophies like Stoicism, Buddhism, Existentialism, and so forth. It is facilitated by Massimo Pigliucci, a Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. The name of the group is inspired by a classic book by French scholar Pierre Hadot: Philosophy As a Way of Life - Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault.

Upcoming events (2)

How to practice Stoicism with Epictetus

60 Wall St

There are different ways to practice Stoicism. One of my favorite ones is based on the three disciplines (desire, action, and assent) articulated by the early second century Stoic philosopher Epictetus. During this meetup we'll take a closer look, with practical examples.

Download a short suggested reading here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/how-to-practice-54483599

PLEASE: come only if vaccinated against covid-19 (honor system). Wearing masks will be required throughout the meeting, thank you for your cooperation.

LIVE PODCAST: What is a philosophy of life, anyway?

Online event

Join Massimo Pigliucci and Rob Colter for another episode of the "Stoic Conversations" podcast as they chat about the very concept of a philosophy of life.

Stoicism, Epicureanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, are all considered philosophies of life. By certain definitions, even religions count. But what exactly do we mean by that? What distinguishes a philosophy of life from other philosophies (or religions)? How do we tell whether a given philosophy of life is good? How do we choose one for ourselves?

BONUS: we are considering changing the title of the podcast. We'll ask our live audience for suggestions!


Please note that meetup time is Eastern Standard Time. The event will be recorded for audio publication.

At the beginning of the meeting your audio will be off (less background noise), but keep the video on, if you don't mind. This makes for a more human interaction - we see each other! That said, if you are participating by phone, please change your screen name, as the default will be your phone number, which you probably don't want to make public...

When you'd like to ask a question, raise your hand using Zoom's tool. When you are called on, your mic will be turned on (don't try to do it yourself, you'll simply interfere with our remote control), at which point you may ask your question. The mic will then be turned back off to allow for the next participant to speak.

You can also ask a question by simply typing it in the chat.

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