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Philosophy for the Public continues with stoics lecture

February 8, 2017

POCATELLO – Visiting Idaho State University philosophy Professor Evan Rodriguez will give the presentation “You Can Chain My Leg, but Not My Prohairesis: Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius on the Stoic Art of Living” at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the College Market.

The presentation is part of the ISU Department of English and Philosophy’s Philosophy for the Public Lecture Series.

Participants can come discuss the ideas of Epictetus, a Greek slave-turned-master of Stoic ethics, and his most preeminent student, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Topics will include how to handle runaway emotions, why virtue is the only genuine good, and what is truly 'up to us' from a Stoic perspective.

The Philosophy for the Public lectures are free and require no special or previous knowledge of philosophy. Community members are invited to attend and to participate in question-and-answer sessions following the lectures. The goal, according to series organizer Nobel Ang, is “to introduce philosophical issues and philosophical works to the public in a way that is accessible yet intellectually rigorous, and to enable more people to appreciate the relevance of philosophy to their everyday human-lived experience."

The College Market is located at 604 S. Eighth Ave. in Pocatello.

For more information, contact the ISU Department of English and Philosophy at (208) 241-2478 or isu.edu/english.