Faculty Book: Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci
A Field Guide to a Happy Life
(Basic Books, 2020)

image of book: A Field Guide to a Happy LifeFor more than 2,000 years, Stoicism has offered a message of resilience in the face of hardship. Little wonder, then, that it is having such a revival in our own troubled times. But there is no denying how weird it can be: Is it really the case that we shouldn’t care about our work, our loved ones, or our own lives? According to the old Stoics, yes.

In A Field Guide to a Happy Life, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers a renewed Stoicism that reflects modern science and sensibilities. Pigliucci embraces the joyful bonds of affection, the satisfactions of a job well done, and the grief that attends loss. In his hands, Stoicism isn’t about feats of indifference, but about enduring pain without being overwhelmed, while enjoying pleasures without losing our heads. In short, he makes Stoicism into a philosophy all of us — whether committed Stoics or simply seekers — can use to live better.

Pigliucci is a professor of philosophy at The Graduate Center and The City College of New York.

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Submitted on: SEP 15, 2020

Category: Faculty Books | Philosophy