Stoa Nova (online) event: Stoicism and COVID-19

As we are all well aware, we are in the midst of a pandemic. What should a Stoic do under these circumstances? If Stoicism is a practical philosophy, surely here is an excellent and urgent chance to test it!

Indeed, even the ancients had to deal with epidemics like the one we are facing. Socrates survived the plague in Athens during the second year of the Peloponnesian War, and Marcus Aurelius had to manage the Antonine plague, which killed millions in the Roman Empire.

Here is a suggested reading for background.

Of course, we won’t be able to meet in person, for obvious reasons! So when the time comes click on this link and join us in video conference. You won’t need to have the Zoom app, the link will open in any standard browser.

When: Monday, 23 March 2020 at 6pm Eastern Standard Time

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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

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